Voices from Chernobyl

Voices from Chernobyl
Author: Svetlana Aleksievich,Svetlana Alexiévich
Pages: 240
ISBN: 1564784010
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Release: 2005
Editor: Dalkey Archive Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The people of Chernobyl talk about their lives before, during, and after the worst nuclear reactor accident in history which occurred on April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl.

Voices from Chernobyl

Voices from Chernobyl
Author: Светлана Алексиевич
Pages: 194
ISBN: UOM:39015048523842
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Release: 1999
Editor: White Lion Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

Chernobyl Prayer

Chernobyl Prayer
Author: Svetlana Alexievich
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780241270547
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Release: 2016-04-21
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A startling history of the Chernobyl disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2015 On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Flames lit up the sky and radiation escaped to contaminate the land and poison the people for years to come. While officials tried to hush up the accident, Svetlana Alexievich spent years collecting testimonies from survivors - clean-up workers, residents, firefighters, resettlers, widows, orphans - crafting their voices into a haunting oral history of fear, anger and uncertainty, but also dark humour and love. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, Chernobyl Prayer shows what it is like to bear witness, and remember in a world that wants you to forget.

Voices From Chernobyl

Voices From Chernobyl
Author: Ingrid Storholmen
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789350299692
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Release: 2013-01-30
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Sult Prize 2010 Nominated for the 2009 Critics' Prize Nominated for the 2009 Brage Award Nominated for the 2009 Youth Critics' Prize Chernobyl, 26 April 1986. Things were ruined overnight in that quiet town of Ukraine. An experiment to produce electricity from the residual energy in the steam generator of Reactor Four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station went horribly wrong, bringing on an explosion that blew away the reactor's roof and set afire the graphite in its core. The blaze lasted several days, casting huge quantities of radioactivity a thousand metres up into the atmosphere. And it was a long time before the local people were evacuated. This is the story of what came after. What happened to the people of Chernobyl? How did innocuous atoms -which make all things, even us - connive to unleash a destruction so vicious that there was little left to be salvaged? Did the world learn any lessons from the tragedy? Told in the voices of many victims, this elegiac novel recounts how their bodies, lives and loves, realities and memories were distorted forever, and how the very air around them was irrevocably changed.

Chernobyl

Chernobyl
Author: Serhii Plokhy
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781541617087
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Release: 2018-05-15
Editor: Basic Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Chernobyl survivor and award-winning historian "mercilessly chronicles the absurdities of the Soviet system" in this "vividly empathetic" account of the worst nuclear accident in history (The Wall Street Journal). On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of the Communist party rule, the regime's control over scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.

A Terrible Country

A Terrible Country
Author: Keith Gessen
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780735221321
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Release: 2018-07-10
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times Editors' Choice Named a Best Book of 2018 by Bookforum, Nylon, Esquire, and Vulture "This artful and autumnal novel, published in high summer, is a gift to those who wish to receive it." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times "Hilarious, heartbreaking . . . A Terrible Country may be one of the best books you'll read this year." —Ann Levin, Associated Press "The funniest work of fiction I've read this year." —Christian Lorentzen, Vulture.com A literary triumph about Russia, family, love, and loyalty—the first novel in ten years from a founding editor of n+1 and author of All the Sad Young Literary Men When Andrei Kaplan’s older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It’s the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn, packs up his hockey stuff, and moves into the apartment that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a woman who has outlived her husband and most of her friends. She survived the dark days of communism and witnessed Russia’s violent capitalist transformation, during which she lost her beloved dacha. She welcomes Andrei into her home, even if she can’t always remember who he is. Andrei learns to navigate Putin’s Moscow, still the city of his birth, but with more expensive coffee. He looks after his elderly—but surprisingly sharp!—grandmother, finds a place to play hockey, a café to send emails, and eventually some friends, including a beautiful young activist named Yulia. Over the course of the year, his grandmother’s health declines and his feelings of dislocation from both Russia and America deepen. Andrei knows he must reckon with his future and make choices that will determine his life and fate. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei’s politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you. Writing with grace and humor, Keith Gessen gives us a brilliant and mature novel that is sure to mark him as one of the most talented novelists of his generation.

Wormwood Forest

Wormwood Forest
Author: Mary Mycio
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9780309094306
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Release: 2005-08-29
Editor: National Academies Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When a titanic explosion ripped through the Number Four reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in 1986, spewing flames and chunks of burning, radioactive material into the atmosphere, one of our worst nightmares came true. As the news gradually seeped out of the USSR and the extent of the disaster was realized, it became clear how horribly wrong things had gone. Dozens died - two from the explosion and many more from radiation illness during the following months - while scores of additional victims came down with acute radiation sickness. Hundreds of thousands were evacuated from the most contaminated areas. The prognosis for Chernobyl and its environs - succinctly dubbed the Zone of Alienation - was grim. Today, 20 years after the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, intrepid journalist Mary Mycio dons dosimeter and camouflage protective gear to explore the world's most infamous radioactive wilderness. As she tours the Zone to report on the disaster's long-term effects on its human, faunal, and floral inhabitants, she meets pockets of defiant local residents who have remained behind to survive and make a life in the Zone. And she is shocked to discover that the area surrounding Chernobyl has become Europe's largest wildlife sanctuary, a flourishing - at times unearthly - wilderness teeming with large animals and a variety of birds, many of them members of rare and endangered species. Like the forests, fields, and swamps of their unexpectedly inviting habitat, both the people and the animals are all radioactive. Cesium-137 is packed in their muscles and strontium-90 in their bones. But quite astonishingly, they are also thriving. If fears of the Apocalypse and a lifeless, barren radioactive future have been constant companions of the nuclear age, Chernobyl now shows us a different view of the future. A vivid blend of reportage, popular science, and illuminating encounters that explode the myths of Chernobyl with facts that are at once beautiful and horrible, Wormwood Forest brings a remarkable land - and its people and animals - to life to tell a unique story of science, surprise and suspense.

Last Witnesses

Last Witnesses
Author: Svetlana Alexievich
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780399588778
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Release: 2019-07-02
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A masterpiece” (The Guardian) from the Nobel Prize–winning writer, an oral history of children’s experiences in World War II across Russia NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the twentieth century. When the Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing “a new kind of literary genre,” describing her work as “a history of emotions . . . a history of the soul.” Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, Last Witnesses is Alexievich’s collection of the memories of those who were children during World War II. They had sometimes been soldiers as well as witnesses, and their generation grew up with the trauma of the war deeply embedded—a trauma that would change the course of the Russian nation. Collectively, this symphony of children’s stories, filled with the everyday details of life in combat, reveals an altogether unprecedented view of the war. Alexievich gives voice to those whose memories have been lost in the official narratives, uncovering a powerful, hidden history from the personal and private experiences of individuals. Translated by the renowned Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Last Witnesses is a powerful and poignant account of the central conflict of the twentieth century, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of war. Praise for Last Witnesses “There is a special sort of clear-eyed humility to [Alexievich’s] reporting.”—The Guardian “A bracing reminder of the enduring power of the written word to testify to pain like no other medium. . . . Children survive, they grow up, and they do not forget. They are the first and last witnesses.”—The New Republic “A profound triumph.”—The Big Issue “[Alexievich] excavates and briefly gives prominence to demolished lives and eradicated communities. . . . It is impossible not to turn the page, impossible not to wonder whom we next might meet, impossible not to think differently about children caught in conflict.”—The Washington Post

Chernobyl 01

Chernobyl 01
Author: Andrew Leatherbarrow
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0993597505
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Release: 2016-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the events and aftermath of the 1986 nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl and its long term effects.

Manual for Survival A Chernobyl Guide to the Future

Manual for Survival  A Chernobyl Guide to the Future
Author: Kate Brown
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780393652529
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Release: 2019-03-12
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl. Dear Comrades! Since the accident at the Chernobyl power plant, there has been a detailed analysis of the radioactivity of the food and territory of your population point. The results show that living and working in your village will cause no harm to adults or children. So began a pamphlet issued by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health—which, despite its optimistic beginnings, went on to warn its readers against consuming local milk, berries, or mushrooms, or going into the surrounding forest. This was only one of many misleading bureaucratic manuals that, with apparent good intentions, seriously underestimated the far-reaching consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. After 1991, international organizations from the Red Cross to Greenpeace sought to help the victims, yet found themselves stymied by post-Soviet political circumstances they did not understand. International diplomats and scientists allied to the nuclear industry evaded or denied the fact of a wide-scale public health disaster caused by radiation exposure. Efforts to spin the story about Chernobyl were largely successful; the official death toll ranges between thirty-one and fifty-four people. In reality, radiation exposure from the disaster caused between 35,000 and 150,000 deaths in Ukraine alone. No major international study tallied the damage, leaving Japanese leaders to repeat many of the same mistakes after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Drawing on a decade of archival research and on-the-ground interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown unveils the full breadth of the devastation and the whitewash that followed. Her findings make clear the irreversible impact of man-made radioactivity on every living thing; and hauntingly, they force us to confront the untold legacy of decades of weapons-testing and other nuclear incidents, and the fact that we are emerging into a future for which the survival manual has yet to be written.

Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl
Author: Adam Higginbotham
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9781501134630
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Release: 2020-02-04
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times Best Book of the Year A Time Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner From journalist Adam Higginbotham, the New York Times bestselling “account that reads almost like the script for a movie” (The Wall Street Journal)—a powerful investigation into Chernobyl and how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the history’s worst nuclear disasters. Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a “riveting, deeply reported reconstruction” (Los Angeles Times) and a definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth. “The most complete and compelling history yet” (The Christian Science Monitor), Higginbotham’s “superb, enthralling, and necessarily terrifying...extraordinary” (The New York Times) book is an indelible portrait of the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.

After the Fall

After the Fall
Author: Ryan Phillips
Pages: 389
ISBN: 9780768422818
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Release: 2005
Editor: Destiny Image Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Abigail Walker and Jarvis Daniels are longtime sweethearts headed in opposite directions. Abby, an aspiring cellist, wants out of her humble Detroit surroundings and is willing to shed blood, sweat, and tears to make it happen. Jarvis, on the other hand, is perfectly content with life. For him there's plenty of time to become a "responsible adult." For now, heâŁĭs got everything he could want: a roof over his head, a PlayStation, and the love of a good woman. When Abby's music career takes off and she moves to Chicago, Jarvis gets the boot---sort of. Abby still loves him, but his penchant for faded sweaters and meatball subs just doesnâŁĭt fit into her new, sophisticated world of designer gowns and concert halls. They're in different leagues and Abby makes no qualms of reminding him of it whenever she deigns to visit him. When the couple is involved in a near-fatal car crash, they are broken, stripped, and broken again both stumbling through a journey of healing and self-discovery as they struggle to accept the merciful hand of the only One who can help them up after a fall.

My Paris

My Paris
Author: Gail Scott
Pages: 138
ISBN: 1564782972
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Release: 2003
Editor: Dalkey Archive Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Canadian woman keeps an extraordinary journal of her time in a Parisian studio.

Dark End of the Spectrum

Dark End of the Spectrum
Author: Anthony S. Policastro
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781452402345
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Release: 2009-02-03
Editor: Outer Banks Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The family elements in the story - the real struggles with marriage, raising a family, making a living, and just trying to enjoy life - have broadened the book's appeal to a wider audience, primarily women who are not into technology."DARK END OF SPECTRUM will make you think twice before turning on your cell phone or PDA!DARK END OF THE SPECTRUM is a frighteningly plausible and headline ripping tale of the real threats that loom in cyberspace and beyond with a Michael Crichton realism. Based on the author's years of research into the hacker culture.DARK END OF THE SPECTRUM is a thriller that will connect with everyone with a cell phone, PDA or wireless device.When a group of digital terrorists known as ICER take over the US power grid and the cell phone network, they give the government an ultimatum - bomb the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan with nuclear weapons to put an end to Al-Quada or they will start downing commercial airliners. When the government refuses, ICER destroys most of the downed aircraft in airports all over the country. When ICER sends a pulse that will kill millions on the East Coast, only security expert Dan Riker can stop them, but ICER has kidnapped Dan's family.Will Dan save his family or will millions die?

Radiant Girl

Radiant Girl
Author: Andrea White
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1933979232
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Release: 2008
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, a Ukrainian girl named Katya comes to understand the things most important about her homeland, and in combining the mythological strength of her ancestors with a newly acquired comprehension of the scientific truth of the event, Katya fulfills a promise she made to herself many years before.

The Last Voices

The Last Voices
Author: Elizabeth Cassen
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0996154000
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Release: 2015-04-10
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A retired airline pilot takes a series of road trips across the United States and Canada to interview some of the last living World War II bomber pilots and flight crewmembers. From B-17, B-24, B-25 and Avro Lancaster former crewmember interviews, and diary excerpts from an ill-fated B-29 crew, many never before heard stories, often tying into famous events, are presented along with photos. The final chapter profiles a current B-17 restoration project at Grimes Field, Urbana, Ohio, bringing together veterans of the war and volunteers of all ages.

Chernobyl Legacy

Chernobyl Legacy
Author: Paul Fusco,Magdalena Caris
Pages: 227
ISBN: UCSD:31822031427289
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Release: 2001
Editor: De.Mo
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A publishing achievement of lasting significance, Chernobyl Legacy bears witness to the present-day effects of a horrific nuclear accident of unprecedented magnitude. Searing images documenting the effects following the Chernobyl disaster are central to the mission of this startling book, the work of photojournalist Paul Fusco of Magnum Photos and Magdalena Caris.

The Simpsons Did It

The Simpsons Did It
Author: Martin Tschiggerl
Pages: 296
ISBN: 3902803134
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Release: 2014-12-04
Editor: Ferstl & Perz
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On December 17th 2014, the US TV-series "The Simpsons" celebrated its 25th birthday - a remarkable anniversary. With an airtime of 25 years and more than 550 published episodes, "The Simpsons" are part of everyday media-reality of more than just one generation of television viewers. Their immense popularity as well as the critic's esteem highlight The Simpsons' importance as pop-cultural phenomenon, and demand far-ranging scholarly attention. This book uses "The Simpsons" as an analytical media-matrix to discuss aspects of postmodernity. It features articles by Angela Meyer ("Lisa Simpson as the Voice of Double-Coded Critiques of Contemporary Society"), Benjamin Franz ("Vests, Monorails, 'Springs' and Kwik-E-Marts: Music as Political Discourse in The Simpsons"), John W. Heeren and Salvador Jimenez Murguia ("Faith And Laughter: A Postmodern View of Religion in The Simpsons"), Eric Pellerin ("The Simpsons and Television Self Reflexivity as Critique"), Martin Gloger ("No Homer-Society - Some Explorations on Springfield Capitalism"), Tom Zlabinger ("Listening to Yellow: Music and Musicians as Heard and Seen in The Simpsons"), Joseph H. Herrera ("Hmm... Abortions for Some, Miniature American Flags for Others" The Simpsons, Cultural Memory & the Unpaid Labor behind 'Oogle Goggles'") and Brett Jordan Schmoll ("Slashing The Simpsons: Apu, Lisa, and the Fictionalization of Academic Discourse")

Listening to the Voice

Listening to the Voice
Author: Martin D. Powell
Pages: 170
ISBN: 1974615936
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Release: 2017-08-15
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Do you want to hear God's voice more clearly?Through testimonies, bible studies, and exercises Dr Martin Powell demonstrates a life led by the Holy Spirit.Testimonies - providing encouragement and practical insights into listening to God.And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Rev 12:11 NKJ)Bible Studies - Impactful studies of God's Word, focussing on the heroes of the Bible who found success by listening to the Voice of God.Exercises - simple steps to learn and grow in the intimacy of hearing 'His Voice'.

Doctor on Call Chernobyl Responder Jewish Refugee Radiation Expert

Doctor on Call  Chernobyl Responder  Jewish Refugee  Radiation Expert
Author: Alla Shapiro
Pages: 240
ISBN: 1942134738
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Release: 2021-04-10
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dr. Alla Shapiro was a first responder to the worst nuclear disaster in history -- the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. First responders were NOT given detailed instructions or protective clothing. Amid an eerie and pervasive silence, Dr. Shapiro treated traumatized children and witnessed frightened families and civilians running barefoot across radioactive grounds and carrying stretchers to save others. First responders triaged and administered first aid, extinguished fires and cleaned up radioactive debris. No protocols were in place since no one considered the possibility of a nuclear accident. From the outset of the disaster the Soviet government worsen matters by spreading misinformation. First-responders were ordered to be part of the deception of the public. This bureaucratic cover-up during angered and disheartened Dr. Shapiro. This painful experience along with the decades of persistent professional and personal discrimination and hostility that she and her family, as Jewish citizens of the USSR, endured, led her and her family like thousands of others to leave and flee the oppressive Soviet Union in the late 1980s. As Émigrés they were restricted to taking possessions weighing no more than 40 pounds and $90 in cash. Their escape route took them first to Vienna and then on to Italy for six months. By then four generations of Dr. Shapiro's family were among these "stateless" people. Chernobyl changed Dr. Shapiro's life and career forever. Arriving in the U.S., like all immigrants she had to learn a new language, encountered red tape validating her diplomas, and find housing for her family When U.S. authorities failed to fully validate her medical diplomas, she re-enrolled in medical school at Georgetown University and restarted her career and new life in America. Spurred on by her Chernobyl experiences, she rose to become one of the world's leading expert's in medical countermeasures against radiation exposure. For thirty years she worked for the FDA on disaster readiness and preparation-and has a much to say about America's readiness or lack of readiness for the current pandemic affecting the United States and the world.