Serhii Plokhy is a historian of Eastern Europe and Harvard Professor. He joins Federalist Radio to discuss his new book, “Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe.”
Plokhy uses new sources and first hand knowledge of Ukraine and the Soviet Union to tell the stories of the firefighters, scientists, and the thousands who fell ill after the nuclear disaster.
“It’s ironic and tragic at the same time. They were running a test that was supposed to improve the safety of the reactor,” he said. “But in order to run that test they switched off all the safety systems.”