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For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. Its rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canadas 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 its 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 biospheres 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 rogues gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of whats really happening to our planet in the process.


Visit Sunny Chernobyl
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April 17th, 2013
I absolutely enjoyed the book from cover to cover. I really loved the humility of the author's storytelling... Especially his depictions of the people in their living environments.
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December 26th, 2012
This book was a fantastic read. It is not a book about saving the environment but more a book of adventures in the worlds most polluted places. This book made me laugh and I could not put it down
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