Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, May 28, 2013 - Nature - 320 pages
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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User Review  - shelbycassie - LibraryThing

This book was funny yet informative. I learned how we cannot just look at populated places the way we are used to. There is more to the picture. Read full review

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

Well written and entertaining, the author takes the reader with him to some of the largest wastelands in the world. The first chapter is the focus on Chernobyl. Finding a guide to take him to the ... Read full review

Contents

Visit sunny Chernobyl
1
the GreatblaCk north
41
refineryVille
73
theeiGhth Continent
117
soymaGeddon
157
seVen
229
theGods ofsewaGe
247
AckNowleDgmeNts
301
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ANDREW BLACKWELL is a journalist and filmmaker living in New York City.

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