“I rarely watch television. By the age of 55, you’ve seen all the plots that drama writers will ever come up with. But I made an exception for “Chernobyl,” the riveting five-part HBO series written by Craig Mazin. Anyone who never went to the Soviet Union should be required to watch it.
The key point “Chernobyl” makes is that the chronic inefficiency, corruption and untruthfulness of Soviet life guaranteed that one day a catastrophe like the explosion of the Chernobyl reactor would happen — and that the first impulse of the country’s communist rulers would be to try to cover it up.”
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