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Alla fine degli anni '50, mentre migliaia di contadini indiani vengono cacciati dalle loro terre da nugoli di insetti assassini, tre entomologi newyorkesi inventano un insetticida miracoloso. La Union Carbide, la multinazionale che lo produce, decide di impiantare una grande fabbrica nel cuore dell'India, nella splendida Bhopal. I lavori hanno inizio negli anni '60 e termiAlla fine degli anni '50, mentre migliaia di contadini indiani vengono cacciati dalle loro terre da nugoli di insetti assassini, tre entomologi newyorkesi inventano un insetticida miracoloso. La Union Carbide, la multinazionale che lo produce, decide di impiantare una grande fabbrica nel cuore dell'India, nella splendida Bhopal. I lavori hanno inizio negli anni '60 e terminano nel 1980, quando la fabbrica gioiello viene finalmente inaugurata. Ma il sogno ha vita breve: il 2 dicembre 1984 la fabbrica esplode causando la morte di migliaia di persone e compromettendo gravemente la salute di molte altre, a causa delle emissioni di gas nocivi....

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Mezzanotte e cinque a Bhopal Reviews

  • Kritika Swarup
    2019-03-12 19:41

    I have been postponing to write this review for over a month.. actually 2 months. That's because I am from Bhopal. What it talks about has lived in the 10km radius of my home, not too long back. The truth is, this industrial calamity is still alive with some residents of my city. December 3rd is the dark day for Bhopal. One fine day I decided to read the entire literature available on this case. This book was the last piece in winding up my study. With every page, I could feel the incident. I am too close to it to be able to overlook how Dominique successfully detached himself from the story, tried not to take sides and eventually succeeded in putting forth a matter-of-fact presentation of his research into this book. Earlier books and papers I had read were skewed in favour of the writing party's judgement. I was so emotionally charged by them that I didn't feel like talking to people around me, for days. This book as a contrast, presented the maximum closure possible. Here is what I would thank Dominique for:1. Presenting the incidence in a novel2. Researching small bits of the story to make me live it, without thinking of the next moment.3. Presenting just the right dose of judgement and trying level best, not to skew it.4. Living the disaster, as you researched for itGuess I don't have the calmness to go beyond this. I don't want to drone you into my emotions. Just know that it is true to the core and if you can feel even a fraction of the feelings it witnessed, I thank Dominique for that.

  • S.Ach
    2019-02-22 18:45

    Don't read this book. Avoid it. Throw it away. Unless…… you want to be heartbroken with every line you read, cause you are painfully aware of how it all ends… you want to be despondent wishing every page of this book is untrue and fictional… you want to be choked with every smile you come across, every spark of hopefulness… you want to feel helpless thinking about yourself caught in that place at that time… you want to seethe with anger when you confront the callous apathy of the politicians… you want to boil with wrath at the ugly face of capitalism and its exploitation… you want to understand how meager life is valued in the world of industrialization and progress… you want to realize how vulnerable all our lives are in this greedy, flashy, hypocritical ^&$$&^%[email protected]$#$# worldSigh!!!

  • Vikas Lather
    2019-03-22 21:57

    Story of a justice that has not been, and perhaps never will be, delivered. Warren Anderson is responsible for Bhopal Gas disaster in 1984 and we are the silent spectators. Hypocrisy is mutual and shame should be shared.

  • Sudipta Sinha
    2019-03-20 17:52

    I wish Dominique Lapierre wrote my history books because he has an amazing writing style that makes stories and characters come to life. This book revealed to me those historical events spaced out over years that ultimately led to the deadly gas leak which turned Bhopal into a gas chamber on Dec 3, 1984. Lapierre's writing summarizes the history very well but he also familiarizes us with the cast of this terrible human drama, the resilient heroes and those that through their greed and negligence contributed to this massacre of innocents. Those who predicted the disaster and cried themselves hoarse but in vain.The dialogue in the book is very effective in my opinion. The book itself is a fruit of patient research as Lappiere himself says - here is one dialogue that stands out for me."The numerous safety systems with which this type of plant is equipped enable us to control any of the MIC's potentially dangerous reactions," the project leader assured him (him refers to Eduardo Munoz, the Argentine engineer who fought to limit the size and dangers of the plant during its design). "You have absolutely no need to worry. Your Bhopal plant will be as inoffensive as a chocolate factory." While many have heard about the 1984 'gas tragedy', what is outrageous and not that well known is the aftermath ! Since 1984 thousands have died and are afflicted with cancer, brain damage, birth defects that came from drinking contaminated water for decades. Carbide's papers show that they knew the chemicals left abandoned at the plant would get into the ground water but they never issued a warning, nor did anything about it. Today a whole new generation of maimed, debilitated children stand testimony to what this corporation has done to innocent people.

  • Sankarshan
    2019-03-15 14:57

    A good read. It is a rare book that captures the humanity and the horror of an industrial accident. This one does it well. And it balances the perspective from the viewpoint of reason. What should have been, what did not and why "Bhopal and Union Carbide" would forever be a part of the Indian political and social motif any time when mega-industrial complexes are being talked about. I was too young when Chernobyl happened, but I recall buying a National Geographic magazine and then going online to comprehend the magnitude of the disaster. It is difficult to convey devastation in words to someone who one hopes would never have to experience it. This book is worth a buy.

  • Smithun
    2019-03-23 19:49

    ലോകത്തിലെ മനുഷ്യരുടെ 50 % ഭക്ഷ്യവിഭവങ്ങളും വിളയിലെ തന്നെ ക്ഷുദ്രകീടങ്ങളാൽ നശിപ്പിക്കപ്പെടുന്നു എന്നാണ് പഠനങ്ങൾ പറയുന്നത്.കീടങ്ങളെ നശിപ്പിക്കാൻ കണ്ടു പിടിച്ച ddt പോലുള്ള കീടനാശനികൾ മനുഷ്യന് ഗുരുതര ആരോഗ്യപ്രശ്നങ്ങൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കാൻ തുടങ്ങി.പ്രകൃതിയോട് ഇണങ്ങി മനുഷ്യന് യാതൊരു പാർശ്വഫലങ്ങളും ഏല്പിക്കാത്ത ഒരു കീടനാശിനിക്കായി അമേരിക്കൻ കുത്തക കമ്പിനിയായ യൂണിയൻ കാർബൈഡ് വമ്പൻ ചെലവ് മുടക്കി കഠിന പരീക്ഷണങ്ങൾ തന്നെ നടത്തി .അതിന്റെ ശ്രമഫലമായി മനുഷ്യ ജീവന് യാതൊരു ആരോഗ്യപ്രശ്നങ്ങളും ഏല്പിക്കാത്ത 'സെവിൻ ' എന്നഅത്ഭുത കീടനാശിനി അവർക്കു സൃഷ്ടിക്കാനായി.ലോകത്തിലെ മുഴുവൻ കർഷകർക്കായി നല്ല ഉദേശത്തോടു കണ്ടുപിടിച്ച ആ കീടനാശിനി പക്ഷെ നിർമിക്കാൻ ഫോസ്‌ജീൻ എന്ന വാതകവും methyil iso cyanite എന്ന വാതകവും വേണമായിരുന്നു.ഇന്ത്യയെന്ന ജനപ്പെരുപ്പം കൂടിയ ഭക്ഷ്യക്ഷാമം രൂക്ഷമായ രാജ്യത്തു ആ കുത്തക കമ്പിനി നല്ല സാധ്യത കണ്ടു.അവർ ഇന്ത്യയുടെ ഹൃദയഭാഗത്തുള്ള ഭോപ്പാലിൽ സെവിൻ നിർമിക്കുന്ന ഫാക്ടറി തുടങ്ങിനല്ല രീതിയിൽ ആദ്യം പ്രവർത്തിച്ചിരുന്ന ഫാക്ടറി ഇന്ത്യയിൽ വിപണി മോശമായപ്പോൾ സാമ്പത്തിക ലാഭം പരിഗണിച്ചു പല സുരക്ഷാ വീഴ്ചകളും വരുത്തി .അതിന്റെ ഫലം ലോകം കണ്ട ഏറ്റവും വലിയ വ്യാവസായിക വിഷവാതക ദുരന്തത്തിൽ ആയിരുന്നു .സർക്കാർ കണക്കിൽ 3500 ഉം പ0നങ്ങളിൽ 20000 -30000 പേരെന്നും മരിക്കാൻ ഇടയായ ഈ ദുരന്തത്തിന്റെ കാണാകാഴ്ചകളും ഭീകരതകളും ആണ് ഡൊമിനിക്‌ ലാപിയറെയും ജാവിയർ മോറോ യും ചേർന്നെഴുതിയ പുസ്തകം "it was five past midnight in bhopal".നമുക്ക് ഈ ദുരന്തത്തിന്റെ അറിയാത്ത പല വശങ്ങളും ഈ പുസ്തകത്തിൽ പഠനവിഷയമാകുന്നുണ്ട് .പുസ്തകം അവസാനിക്കുന്നത് ഫ്രഞ്ച് വൻ കിട കമ്പിനി Monsanto sales representative ഇന്ത്യൻ കർഷകനെ സമീപിച്ചു ജനിതക എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് വഴി മെനഞ്ഞെടുത്ത പ്രത്യുല്പാദന ശേഷി ഇല്ലാത്ത വിത്തുകൾ വിൽക്കുന്നതിലൂടെയാണ് .ആഗോള ഭീമന്മാർക്ക് അവരുടെ പരീക്ഷണങ്ങൾ നടത്താൻ ഉത്തമസ്ഥലം തന്നെയാണ് ഇന്ത്യയെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞു കൊണ്ട് ഗ്രന്ഥകർത്താക്കൾ പഠനം അവസാനിപ്പിക്കുന്നു .ആത്ഭുത കീടനാശിനി തങ്ങളെ എല്ലാവരെയും രക്ഷിക്കുമെന്നു പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ച ഒരു ജനതയെ, അത് നിർമിച്ച ഫാക്ടറിയിൽ സംഭവിച്ച അപകടത്താൽ പുറം തള്ളപ്പെട്ട വിഷവാതകം ശ്വാസം മുട്ടിച്ചു കൊന്ന സംഭവങ്ങൾ ഒട്ടൊരു നോവോടെ അല്ലാതെ വായിച്ചു അവസാനിക്കാൻ സാധിക്കില്ല

  • Riku Sayuj
    2019-03-01 18:43

    The Dark Side of Globalization"The Bhopal gas leak was cited by many as a paradigm of how influential multinationals exploitdeveloping countries;—developing countries import hazardous technology in spite of a conspicuousabsence of an environmental law framework and legal infrastructure to handle its potentiallydisastrous consequences. The most ironic aspect of globalization in the 1980s and ’90s was that in their quest for economic development, developing nations sacrificed the human rights of the lowest rungs of their societies. Foreign companies were accused of committing some of the most heinouscrimes—from homicide and rape to forced labour.Bhopal was undoubtedly the darkest reflection of globalization. It forced citizens to seriously weigh the costs of globalization against its benefits, particularly when modern technology was imported into an archaic legal set-up, as was the case with India."~ Zia Mody

  • Massir Destin
    2019-02-23 19:45

    Comme à son habitude, Dominique Lapierre nous délivre là une grande enquête.Où on voit que la cupidité, la négligence, l'ignorance, l'ambition... peuvent faire des milliers de victimes.Mais on voit aussi, que lors de grands désastres, certains se comportent vraiment comme des sains.

  • Marta Folgarait
    2019-02-28 20:48

    Che dire di questa tragedia che ha colpito Bhopal nel dicembre 1984? Che, come si suol dire, piove sempre sul bagnato? Che a farne le spese sono sempre i più poveri? Che la loro vita vale così poco da non essere nemmeno risarciti?Questo libro mi ha lasciato senza forze e senza parole ma è una condanna verso il profitto ad ogni costo, verso la sorte che bastona chi è già a terra, verso una giustizia che ancora deve veder nascere il sole. ...

  • NonnaBaigia
    2019-03-12 16:43

    Ho appena finito di leggere l'ultima riga e sono qui che rifletto su quanto tutto ciò che accade sia surrealmente reale. Il libro è stupendo e descrive la tristemente storia vera di una delle apocalissi umane più agghiacciante della fine del XX secolo: la tragedia di Bhopal. La Pierre da voce a quanto è successo, le scelte consapevoli e inconsapevoli che sono state fatte per arrivare alla catastrofe avvenuta la notte tra il 2 e il 3 dicembre del 1984. Il libro inizia proprio dal motivo principale che ha iniziato quel lungo viaggio, di come una buona intenzione, se gestita male e dando voce al vile denaro, si sia rivelata una soluzione sbagliata se messa nelle mani di speculatori senza scrupoli. Il fatto stesso che per salvare l'agricoltura mondiale dall'infestazione dei vari insetti e parassiti (tanto di capello a guardare solo da questo lato), si sia arrivati alla creazione di una sostanza assurda, quale: l' isocianato di metile. Mic. Ma io dico...appena vedi che per realizzare il pesticida, devi usare una sostanza che fa si il suo lavoro, ma che se anche solo viene a contatto con una goccia d'acqua è peggio della bomba atomica...magari due domandine me le farei...ebbene se le sono fatte si, ma quelle sbagliate. E cosi il racconto fluido e avvincente, che ti lascia con una smorfia di schifo sul volto ad ogni pagina svogliata, indaga e rivela la storia di queste scelte fatte male, che hanno coinvolto l'India e più precisamente a Bhopal, raccontando la storia di una famiglia di poveri contadini e del loro arrivo a Bhopal, dei sogni degli ingegneri e dei cittadini indiani che erano grati alla UCC per aver scelto il loro paese quale sede di un'industria di quel genere. Le storie intrecciate tra il lusso sfacciato americano e la povertà indiana: camminando nei basti (baraccopoli) un giorno, o nella fabbrica della UCC dove fabbricavano il Mic, o a Kanahwa Valley in America, per poi tornare di nuovo a Bhopal la notte di quel disastro atroce che ha mietuto vittime e che ti lascia spiazzato.E' un libro che si legge molto bene, non è assolutamente paragonabile a un saggio, ma le descrizioni tecniche che ci sono, sono fatte molto bene, meticolose ma non troppo, che aiutano a capire fino in fondo le intenzioni e ciò che ne è derivato di tutta la storia. Sicuramente leggero altri libri di La Pierre.

  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    2019-03-08 14:53

    One of the bad things about non-fiction is that sometimes you know the story isn't going to end well and I think that's why it's taken me over 2 years to read this book. I'd pick it up periodically and read a bit and then put it back down again.At 5 past midnight on the 3rd December 1984 the city of Bhopal in India was enveloped in a toxic cloud of gas. That gas cloud came from Union Carbides plant which was not in operation, but was storing large quantities of dangerous chemicals. Because the plant wasn't being kept in full working order a chain of events led to an escape of gas and killed 16,000 - 30,000 people (although the indian government stopped counting at just under 1,800).This book tells the story of the economic environment in India, how Union Carbide came to build their plant in Bhopal and how just 3 years after it was offically opened it was effectively closed down and left to rot - despite numerous warnings that saftey standards had slipped.It's a book that brings to life the people that lived in the shadow of "the beautiful plant", like the children who spent their days riding the trains looking for scraps to help feed their families. The shanty towns that sprung up next to the plant full of people hoping to get jobs there. How the different religions lived together.It also looks at the after effects of that terrible night in December, how the survivors still suffer and in many cases have not received any compensation for their suffering. The copy of the book I have is 10 years old so after finishing it I googled the subject and found that in 2010 7 ex-employees were convicted of causing death by negligence - that carried a sentence of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000. The CEO of the company however has never been charged (although a warrant for his arrest has remained unserved for years).

  • Francesco
    2019-03-08 21:01

    Qualche minuto dopo la mezzanotte del 3 Dicembre 1984 (da cui il titolo), la fuoriuscita di 40 tonnellate di isocianato di metile (MIC) dallo stabilimento della Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) provocava un'enorme nube tossica che nel giro di qualche minuto avrebbe ucciso quasi tremila persone e avvelenato un numero imprecisato ma nell'ordine delle centinaia di migliaia.Come sua consuetudine, Lapierre non parte dal racconto della tragedia ma spiega come e perché la Union Carbide avesse deciso di costruire una fabbrica di pesticidi a Bhopal, e i motivi per cui la catastrofe si è potuta verificare, cioè l'incuria e una progressiva riduzione delle misure di sicurezza in nome di una maggior profittabilità (o meglio, per evitare un'eccessiva perdita finanziaria) dell'impianto.L'autore francese alterna il racconto della costruzione con le vicende umane di personaggi che vivevano negli immediati dintorni della fabbrica, in condizioni economiche appena migliori di quelle raccontate nell'altrettanto celebre La città della gioia ma lo stesso estremamente precarie. Il dramma entra nel vivo solo negli ultimi capitoli, in un turbinio di morte e disperazione ma anche di atti di estremo coraggio e carità, per terminare con un inquietante comparsa delle sementi Monsanto. Inquietante perché Lapierre traccia un parallelismo tra il Sevin, il pesticida della Union Carbide, e gli OGM Monsanto: entrambi innocui di per sé ma estremamente suscettibili di interessi economici e poco adatti al continente indiano.

  • Sakshi Shrivastava
    2019-03-20 22:45

    Dominique Lappiere has done a commendable job writing this book. unbiased and critical in it's approach, it sets forth the detailed events that took place.The story created around it gave the cold facts a face that we could remember and the stories we could relate to.I myself am a Bhopali, my parents lived here when this worst industrial disaster took place. I might have not been here had there been any change in events back in that dreadful night. Personally, I know people who still have not received compensation. To be honest, my father did not live in the affected area still he received decent amount of money, whereas my mother who had to run miles on foot with her family in the dead night to save herself did not get a single penny. It was an apocalypse, almost like the picture that comes to my mind when I think of it. Thousands of people dragging themselves, coughing and choking; their eyes bulging out of the bones. I live in Delhi now, and most of my friends did not have any idea that more than 30,000 people died in this tragic disaster.People like Sister Felicity and doctors and volunteers who came up to help showed that humanity was still there. And on the other hand we saw how fundamental humane values got buried when politicians were more focused feeding their vote banks for the elections. This book is one of the finest texts on Bhopal Gas Tragedy, I recommended everyone to give this a read.

  • Luciana Vichino
    2019-02-21 22:38

    A história é impressionante. O formato documentário no início do livro que traz informações mais técnicas é um pouco cansativo, mas vale a pena continuar a leitura e entender os eventos associados ao acidente químico que matou milhares de pessoas e deixou sequelas graves em outros milhares de sobreviventes.É revoltante ver o comportamento baixo e mesquinho de políticos, empresas e membros da comunidade, que se preocupam mais em fazer dinheiro do que com as pessoas e ganham sua vida e seu sucesso em cima miséria alheia. Ao mesmo tempo é emocionante ver diversos exemplos de amor e solidariedade, em muitos casos de pessoas que arriscam suas próprias vidas e dividem o pouco que tem em benefício dos demais.Um livro que faz pensar sobre o que podemos fazer para tornar o mundo melhor e a nossa responsabilidade e influência sobre as pequenas ações que podem fazer o nosso entorno mais feliz, harmonioso e melhor para todos.

  • Anant Singh
    2019-03-14 15:35

    I wonder why this book was banned in india , may be coz it shows the clear negligence from government and local authority who can handle this deadly tragedy . or may be due the reference of sikh killing by congress militant. whatever the reason are this book is well researched by the authors and depicts the sad state of Indian politicians who are just into vote banks and nothing else.Last few chapters are real heart breaking when the gas leaks out and the chaos that was created can bring tears to anybody eyes. I can't even imagine the agony which the people would have suffered, more then 5lakhs people are affected in this tragedy . It was like chemical weapon used there ! The escape of anderson and the vicitms still not getting there compensation , carbide provided $470million for that, Politicians must be enjoying on that money thats for sure !!!Todays generation should read this book to get the clear picture of the sad state we are in it !

  • Colin
    2019-03-07 19:53

    Dominique Lapierre ad Javier Moro make a good team in this full account of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal. The style in which they approached the inevitable climax was particularly invovled. By the time it all went down I had already made friends with the Community inhabiting the poor Bustees that surrounded the Factory. I had also learned how the corporation came to that point and what it was that they were manufacturing and why. This book is certainly comprehensive, making sure to visit all the aspects to be considered. Instead of making the corporation look entirely evil and the victims entirely good, there was a mix on both sides, allowing us to see just how complicated things can be. All in all a good read.

  • Pramod Ks
    2019-02-25 14:53

    An epic well written story about the true events behind India's greatest chemical disasters. The author has dug deep into the background of the characters of the story bringing in information about their personal lives, their affiliation with UC and has managed to include every small detail in the story. I forgot at times that the book was about a tragedy. Yet at one point towards the end, I could not carry on reading continuously due to the sheer number of deaths explained vividly in each page. This book truly is a landmark for understanding details regarding the criminal negligence on behalf of UC and is employees which lead to the death of many innocent civilians.

  • Tushar Mangl
    2019-03-02 19:35

    An amazing book showcasing a dark chapter in India's modern history. The Indian government and the society made the American Capitalists villains in this episode, but as you turn pages of this book you will realize it was Indians who caused so much death of their own. The government was never bothered to look into the safety or operational aspects of a large plant. It was only concerned by the sprawling guest house it had to offer the political leaders of the day. The people were stupid enough to vote for the same people again and again and again, knowing well that their government could have easily prevented this disaster.

  • Aseem
    2019-02-28 16:44

    A well and simply written book about one of the biggest tragedies in India ever.. this book gives a detailed account of the history of events behind the disaster that happened 3 decades ago..Written with honesty, this book is recommended to people like me who had heard about the tragedy but not in detail..This book shows the plight of poor people in India even before the tragedy occurred and continues even decades after that..It horrifies from the beginning till the very end..

  • Shylie
    2019-03-09 17:51

    This book does an excellent job humanizing a massive industrial catastrophe while still giving well-researched, factual information on how the tragedy occurred. I was caught up in all of the individual stories and even though I knew the ending, I found myself in suspense as the story built toward December 3, 1984. I only wish there had been more information about the aftermath of the accident and recovery efforts.

  • Shreyas Kendurkar
    2019-03-19 20:55

    A special book as I am a resident of the mentioned city. A lot of clarity on what happened, how it happened, and how it could have been avoided. I knew a version of the disaster through my parents, but this book provided me with a detailed account of the happenings in the various areas. The disaster happened 23 years ago, but I went numb reading about it.

  • Abhijit Khanna
    2019-03-21 15:45

    I usually like historical books, but this one tried to be too ... storytelling, rather than factual. I thought Katherine Boo's "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers" did a better job of exemplifying this style.

  • Viji(Bookish endeavors)
    2019-03-19 22:33

    A rare book written in a rare style.

  • Elisa Vangelisti
    2019-03-04 14:41

    Spiace abbandonare la lettura che parla di una tragedia, ma non è quello che mi aspettavo. Prima di iniziare a leggere mi sono documentata sulla catastrofe, di cui non ero a conoscenza. Non abbandono perché non sia un romanzo leggibile, tutt’altro. Purtroppo non combacia con i miei ritmi. Sono una lettrice esigente e se non trovo qualcosa che cattura la mia attenzione volo altrove. Credevo di leggere come e cosa è successo durante la tragedia, mentre si segue una famiglia poverissima sin dal villaggio delle origini, fino all’arrivo a Bhopal in cerca di lavoro, per proseguire con tutto ciò che ha portato al disastro. Le condizioni di vita delle popolazioni dei basti (bidonville ai limiti della città) sono inumane. Non volto gli occhi dall’altra parte facendo finta di non vedere, ma dalla lettura cerco di rilassarmi e stuzzicare la mia curiosità. La narrazione è lenta e pesante, per come la vedo io, e ha più l’aspetto di un documentario. Spero che qualcun altro meno superficiale di me lo riesca a terminare.

    2019-03-21 19:51

    Detailed description of the massive tragedy. The book explains the events that led to the setup of plant, the irregularities & mistakes that crept up, the events that led to catastrophe and the aftermath of the same. All this in a story-telling style makes it for a compelling read.

  • Benjamin Farr
    2019-03-18 15:00

    An incredible, heartbreaking recount of one of the greatest human-made tragedies to befall India.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-11 14:40

    Moving account of the Bhopal disaster from the perspectives of those who worked in the plant, the occupants of the shantytowns nearby and pilgrims who unfortunately were in the town's train station as the disaster happened. Would have liked more clarification on the cause of the disaster. Union Carbide implies that the primary cause was sabotage. At any rate, the most surprising part of the book was that this disaster has been prophesied by a local journalist, Rajkumar Keswani.People who live in areas of industrial production should read this book and be aware of the processes that occur and the products that are stored in their living spaces.

  • Jose Torroja ribera
    2019-03-07 18:50

    Terrible la historia. Fantástico el libro.

  • Ankur Mithal
    2019-03-22 17:38

    It is a fantastic story. The unfortunate part is that it is true. Lapierre and Moro have done an amazingly detailed job of creating various sub-stories that eventually collide at 5 past midnight on 3rd December in Bhopal leading to one of the most horrific industrial disasters anywhere in the world. This is a story of how businesses peddle dreams but eventually their own interest takes primacy. The political leadership is involved either to wash their hands off any responsibility or to look good in the public eye. Eventually the little guy has to look out for himself. Despite the horrors recounted in the book, one of the last scenes where a rep of another chemical giant is peddling more dreams is a chilling reminder of how we seem powerless to stop history from repeating itself.

  • Saurabh Shrivastava
    2019-02-21 16:43

    A masterpiece written by Dominque Lapierre and Javier Moro. A book that gave me goose bumps, touched my heart and made me feel sad. Felt so close to this book because it is about the city I grew up in, city i spent 20+ years of my life. This masterfully written book is about the biggest industrial disaster of the world, in which 16,000 to 30,000 people lost their life and around half a million were effected, in other words three in every four inhabitants of the city. A breathtaking story of a corrupt system, wrecked city infrastructure, starving nation, careless multinational company with a revenue of $615 billion in 1976 and its unsafe cost cutting measures... Among many, following few lines of the book sums up how humanity loses against money and selfish motives:A few minutes before the climbed into his Gulfstream II and took off for the United States, a journalist called out to him, "Mr. Anderson, are you prepared to come back to "India to answer any legal charges?". Anderson turned pale. Then in a steady voice, he replied, "I will come back to India whenever the law requires it".Carbide's defense lawyers argued that an American court was not competent to assess the value of human life in the third world. "How can one determine the damage inflicted on people who live in Shacks?" asked one member of the defense team.In 1991, the Bhopal court summoned Warren Anderson, Union Carbide's chairman, to appear on a charge of "homicide in a criminal case". But the man who was enjoying peaceful retirement in his villa in Vero Beach, Florida, did not keep the promise he made to a journalist as he left Indian solid on December 11, 1984.Rumor had it that Arjun Singh, Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh had fled his official residence and taken refuge outside the city. He ordered police chief "You must stop people leaving. Put barricades across all roads leading out of the city and make people go back to their homes". With one month to go to the general election, it was conceivable that the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh was afraid of losing votes because of the exodus.