The following list compiles several books that we highly recommend you read if you are interested in learning more about the Chernobyl disaster. All the books are linked to a website where you can read reviews or purchase the books.
Chernobyl, 20 Years On: Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident European Committee on Radiation Risk, Eds. Busby & Yablokov, 2006 A collection of research by leading scientists on the continued health effects of Chernobyl, including many articles translated into English for the first time.
Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment Yablokov, Nesterenko & Nesterenko, 2009 A brave and and comprehensive collection of research by Ukrainian scientists, available for free online.
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Svetlana Alexievich, 1997. Translation 2005 by Keith Gessen. Personal accounts of the Chernobyl tragedy by those who experienced it, from everyday citizens to firefighters to the clean up crew. Comprised of interviews in monologue form.
Pluto’s Realm Elena Filatova, 2008 Haunting and fascinating photos of Chernobyl today, with text by the photographer. “In the first years after the accident our motto was- ‘Lets Save Chernobyl!’ Now, everyone just says ‘Let the grass grow through it...’ ” We linked to the free online edition of this book, but it is also available on amazon.com.
Silent Witness Daan Kloeg and Hans Wolkers, 2014 the authors made a number of research trips into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone where they collected unique photographs and stories from witnesses of the disaster, or as they refer to them the Silent Witnesses.