54p. Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4349-0999-2. $11.00. ISBN 978-1-4349-0999-2. (pdf e-Book) $6.00.
While the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986 is among the most well- known calamities of the 20th century, the extent of the spread of radioactive material throughout the world is less- widely reported. In this brief publication, which is intended for nonscientists, Gilbert (Ph.D., Ecology, The Ohio State University), an ecologist with 35 years teaching and research experience at his alma mater, provides a detailed analysis of the dissemination of radioactive fallout that resulted in increased levels of radioactivity in the crops and livestock in Europe, Asia, and North America. After setting forth a brief introduction to atomic theory, the nature of radioactivity, and the Chernobyl disaster, the author examines the dispersal of radioactivity and its impact on the food sources of Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Ireland. He covers the methods by which the affected countries attempted to combat the effects of radioactivity, including fallout countermeasures. Gilbert concludes his book with a chapter entitled, “Odds and Ends,” detailing specific, associated events, not limited to the dispersal of fallout by birds, the contamination of honey, and the accident’s impact on abortions and food preparations. Informative and understandable, this publication fulfills its purpose as a guide for laypersons hoping to learn more about the impacts of Chernobyl and its global consequences. It will be of interest to general readers. Primarily because it lacks a much- needed, back- of- the- book index, selected bibliography, and footnotes or endnotes in standard formats, it is not recommended for purchase by most libraries. Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit Dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. Availability: Amazon, Dorrance Bookstore