Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Placesby Andrew Blackwell
For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It’s rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada’s oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew/i>
For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It’s rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada’s oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.
From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, Visit Sunny Chernobyl fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it’s time to start appreciating our planet as it is—not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere’s most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us.
Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue’s gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of what’s really happening to our planet in the process.
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“A darkly comic romp.” Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer, The New Yorker
“An environmentalist book that avoids the usual hyperventilation, upending stubborn myths with prosaic facts . . . Blackwell is a smart and often funny writer.” Wall Street Journal
“Witty and disturbing . . . Call this the anti-guide book.” New York Post "Required Reading"
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ANDREW BLACKWELL is a journalist and filmmaker living in New York City.
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Well written but poorly researched and reasoned. This book takes a shrill, preachy and torpid tone after the first chapter and had little to do with Chernobyl. I can see why it hasn't won any awards
Fascinating account of the author's travels to seven of the most polluted and environmentally impoverished places on earth: the exclusion zone in Chernobyl, oil sands country in Canada, refineryville in south Texas, the island of plastic floating in the pacific gyre, the soy farms of the Amazon, coal country in China, and the most polluted river of India. Full of interesting insights, the book offers the author's fairly objective observations and a number of surprising abd challenging discoveries. I'm already making long-range plans to visit Chernobyl myself as a result of reading this book. Recommended.
I liked the choice of polluted sites he visited. A background in biology would have helped, or and environmental science. I can't tell where he got some of his information. Also egocentric. The mission out to the Pacific garbage gyre seemed a waste of fuel and time. I couldn't understand what the purpose was? No data seemed to have be collected. Those in charge sounded clueless. Worries me about some environmental groups intentions-to party? The Amazon chapter featured sweet talking businessperson who destroyed rainforest trees for use as flooring in the United States and made lots of money. Author overlooked those who try so hard, sometimes giving their lives, to stop illegal logging and deforestation .One good point the author made was that beauty could be sometimes found even in the worst of situations and/or environments if one looked, and he did call attention to global pollution.