Chernobyl Legacy

by Paul Fusco, Magdalena Caris

Reviewed February 6, 2005

Book CoverThe explosion of reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine in April 26, 1986 released enough deadly radiation to be measurable around the entire northern hemisphere. The radioactive cloud destroyed lives, homes, and farmlands in the surrounding regions of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. Chernobyl Legacy documents the extensive reach of this disaster on the people of the region, from those who fought to contain the disaster, to the small children who would never see their homes again.

Chernobyl Legacy presents searing images that bear witness to the present-day effects of the world's worst nuclear accident. Photojournalists Paul Fusco and Magdalena Caris remind us through their camera lens of the millions that are still affected by that fateful day. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan writes in the foreword: "indeed, the legacy of Chernobyl will be with us, and with our descendants, for generations to come."

Chernobyl Legacy puts human faces on one of the greatest technical tragedies of the 20th century and serves as a reminder to the potential consequences of nuclear power.