34. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
This is the book that the excellent HBO miniseries Chernobyl was based off of. In the rarest of all rare recommendations I would actually suggest that you go watch the miniseries instead. I mean you can read the book and watch the miniseries as I did, but if you’re only going to choose do one I would actually suggest watching the miniseries. The miniseries is fairly faithful to the source material in the book. I didn’t feel like there was anything major in the book that I didn’t get from watching the miniseries and having the visuals of what was happening was much more affecting than reading about it in this case. This is only the second time in my life that I have recommended watching a movie/TV version of something over reading the book, so take that for what it’s worth. The book is still really great though. Without this wonderful source material the miniseries would I’m sure not have been nearly as good. I thought it was well-written enough that I still read the entire thing after I watched the miniseries even though it was clear pretty early on that I wasn’t going to gain much from reading it. I give it an 8 out of 10.