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    The Long Shadow of Chernobyl (Hardback)(English / French) By (author) Gerd Ludwig

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    DescriptionOpening with an essay by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of state of the Soviet Union, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, this is a deeply personal journey into a landscape forever changed. National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig, made nine visits to Chernobyl over a period of 20 years; this is his powerful record of an environmental and human tragedy. Through the perspective of the victims living with the emotional and physical aftermath, to the Exclusion Zone created by a massive evacuation (more than 350,000 people by the year 2000), to the abandoned neighbouring city of Pripyat, once a scientist's dream in terms of quality of life yet now uninhabitable, it is a record of almost unbelievable suffering and desolation. Working under enormous time and radiation pressure, Ludwig ventures deeper into the belly of the beast than any other photographer, repeatedly documenting the destroyed reactor No.4, which will disappear under a New Safe Confinement for at least 100 years. This book does not always make for easy viewing. It is however, an emotive, thought-provoking and necessary testament to one of the twentieth century's worst nuclear disasters. Using documents that until recently have been classified, from the CIA, U.S Government Foreign Press Monitoring, Department of Energy, Deparment of Defense, GAO and United States Congress of the disaster, it becomes an even more important voice in the continuing political, environmental and economic arguments around the safety of using nuclear energy, particularly in light of the Fukushima disaster in Japan twenty-five years later. "As engaged photographers, we often report about human tragedies in the face of disaster, and take our cameras to uncharted areas with the understanding that our explorations are not without personal risk. We do this out of a deep commitment to important stories told on behalf of otherwise voiceless victims." Gerd Ludwig.


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    Title
    The Long Shadow of Chernobyl
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gerd Ludwig
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 252
    Width: 290 mm
    Height: 310 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 2,939 g
    Language
    English
    French
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783901753664
    ISBN 10: 3901753664
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: AJCR
    B&T Approval Code: A06402700
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 06
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    B&T General Subject: 625
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    LC classification: TR
    Abridged Dewey: 070
    BISAC V2.8: TEC028000, PHO015000
    B&T Approval Code: A92623648
    DC23: 363.17990947770222
    Thema V1.0: N, AJF
    Illustrations note
    127 colour
    Publisher
    Edition Lammerhuber
    Imprint name
    Edition Lammerhuber
    Publication date
    15 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Baden
    Author Information
    Gerd Ludwig has worked primarily for National Geographic since 1989. His focus on environmental issues and the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in a retrospective exhibition and book (2001), Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR. In 2006, he was awarded the Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year.
    Review quote
    There are no words for the devastation caused by Chernobyl. Thank God we still have dedicated photojournalists to say it for us with their pictures. It takes the courage of a Gerd Ludwig who continually puts himself in harms way to keep the truth alive.--Annie Stein "Huffington Post, April 2, 2014 "