Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World's Deadliest Industrial Disaster

Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World's Deadliest Industrial Disaster

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by Dominique LaPierre, Javier Moro
     
 

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It was December 3, 1984. In the ancient city of Bhopal, a cloud of toxic gas escaped from an American pesticide plant, killing and injuring thousands of people. When the noxious clouds cleared, the worst industrial disaster in history had taken place. Now, Dominique Lapierre brings the hundreds of characters, conflicts, and adventures together in an unforgettable

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It was December 3, 1984. In the ancient city of Bhopal, a cloud of toxic gas escaped from an American pesticide plant, killing and injuring thousands of people. When the noxious clouds cleared, the worst industrial disaster in history had taken place. Now, Dominique Lapierre brings the hundreds of characters, conflicts, and adventures together in an unforgettable tale of love and hope. Readers will meet the poetry-loving factory worker who unleashes the apocalypse, the young Indian bride who was to be married that terrible night, and the doctors who died that night saving others. It is a gripping, fascinating account that is already mesmerizing readers around the world.

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On December 3, 1984, a cloud of toxic methyl isocynate gas escaped from an a damaged tank in a Union Carbide plant and hovered over the ancient city of Bhopal, India. In the disaster that ensued, almost 4,000 people died, and thousands more were permanently disabled. It was the deadliest industrial accident in history. Dominique Lapierre, the author of The City of Joy, returns to India to re-create this terrifying event and its aftermath. His transfixing narrative weaves together the stories of hundreds of villagers and Union Carbide workers.

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ISBN-13:
9780446530880
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
09/14/2005
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt that a huge catastrophe visited the city of Bhopal, India, in the wee hours of December 3, 1984. But was the death toll 1,754 reckoned by the Indian government? The 8,000-plus claimed by ¿independent organizations¿? Or the 16,000-to-30,000 claimed by the ambulance-chasing lawyers? More than 500,000 Bhopalis suffered and continue to suffer from the effects of the toxic cloud of hydrocyanide acid, methyl isocyanite, phosgene and other deadly gasses¿eye and lung diseases, brain, muscle, joint, liver, kidney, reproductive, nervous and immune system ailments, chronic fevers, impotence, anorexia, depression, anxiety and suicide. But was Union Carbide chiefly responsible? Was it really an accident or deliberate sabotage? How liable was the government of India, which rescinded the visas of qualified American engineers, in its rush to nationalize the workforce and management? Who deactivated safety systems and postponed, then abandoned maintenance? Twenty years later, why has the Indian government still not distributed to the long-suffering survivors and the families of the victims the $470 million paid by Carbide? This enormous tragedy features a cast of thousands. Authors Lapierre and Moro try to give the massacre a human face¿for instance, Padmini, the young woman whose fairy-tale wedding ceremony was interrupted when she was struck down by the ¿geysers of death,¿ only to be rescued from a funeral pyre, about to be set alight, her eyelids quivering. An epic tragedy, well told, that leaves many questions unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Add me! I work at the factory. I actually live there. Pls add me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's awesome! I have a freakin ton of ponies though... You don't have to do all of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*"Good!" She writes*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dawn slinks through the alleyway, kicking at the sludge-water collecting from the pounding rain. <p> He grumbles and glares up at the dark sky, shrouded in stormy clouds. <p> A fat raindrop splashes against his shades, making the air seem to ripple. <p> He pulls the shades off and scrubs them clean, staring down at the puddles least an unsuspecting pony pass by and stare. He quickly slips the shades back on and continues to travel through Ponyville. <p> It was quiet. <p> Abnormally quiet... <p> A couple walks by, illuminated by a lamp on a building. Their manes cling to them, soaked and glistening in the faint light. <p> Dawn hunches his shoulders and quickly make his way past. <p> He spreads his sodden wings and takes off, scattering a slew of droplets as he rose. <p> The dark blue pony was almost invisible against the darkness of the storm, only noticed by an old homeless pony when a strike of lightning lit the sky. <p> He travels up to Cloudsdale, ears flattened. <p> The wind tugs at his mane and tail, wet strands clumped together, whipping in the fiercy gale. <p> He shudders slightly and pushes against the winds, heading for a quiet, rusting building. <p> Once he reaches it, he slams the door shut and peers around at the still machines. <p> A thin smile traces his mouth. <p> The lights of the Rainbow Factory buzzed on, and the dark pony stepped into the light, smiling broader with satisfaction. <p> ~~~ <p> [ >:3 P.S. I will eventually get everpony... be patient... ~ Moone ]
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the author on NPR last year and bought the novel. It is a hard book to put down as you read of the main character and her family and the extreme poverty in India. The American company that brought so much hope to India ultimately betrayed the people in the worst possible way. You will not forget this book. An important novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will move you to tears. You will feel as if you are right there.