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Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster

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One evening in late October 1958, the deepest coal mine in North America "bumped" — its rock floors heaved up and smashed into rock ceilings. Most of the men on the shift perished. But nineteen men were trapped alive a mile below the earth's surface, struggling to survive without food, water, light, or fresh air. Almost a week passed without rescue. Hopes of finding life dwindled; then a miracle happened: Rescuers stumbled across a broken pipe that led to the cave of survivors.

In the media circus that followed, the survivors' endurance was mythologized and twisted, and the state of Georgia's tourism ploy — inviting the survivors to recuperate on a Georgia beach — turned racist and pitted the miners against each other. Using long-lost stories and interviews with survivors, Greene has reconstructed an extraordinary drama of their struggle and miraculous rescue.

Review:

"[A] most vivid account of horror and heroism, of exemplary human behavior under the most adverse circumstances." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"With every book, Greene further refines her art of rich, literary nonfiction. And she continues to find these perfect stories ..." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"Through interviews with survivors, the autobiography of the local doctor, and, most fascinatingly, a study of survival strategies conducted after the disaster, the award-winning Greene... captures the gloom in all its manifestations.... A strikingly told story." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A superb study of the human condition in extremis." BookPage

Review:

"By combining interviews with her own vivid prose and high sensitivity to human anguish, Greene has created a book that is... deep, moving and timeless." The Toronto Globe and Mail

Review:

"A nail-biting account... In a series of devastating, finely drawn portraits, Green deeply examines the lives of her characters... the sturdy reticence of men too strong to admit they may be doomed. Bottom line: A tragic triumph." People

About the Author

Melissa Fay Greene's books, Praying for Sheetrock and The Temple Bombing, were National Book Award finalists. Greene has written for the New Yorker, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Life. She lives in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part I

The Thunder of Baritones

A World without Sun

Home of the Long Tides

The Bump

"What Am I Doing Here? What Am I Doing Here?"

"When a Miner Says It's Bad, Look Out"

A Dark Chaos

"If There Are Boys Alive, They'll Be Expecting Us"

"Oh Dear, Oh Dear, I Would Help You if You Was Caught"

In Black, White, and Silver

"There Has Got to Be a Way Out, Boys!"

No Hope Whatsoever

"It's Good Day to Him,I Reckon."

Hard Times

When Sleep and Waking Feel the Same

"What on Earth Will I Do without Him?"

The Lost Lovely Sky

A Malevolent Factory

"Ruther've Done Chicken Farming"

"You Know He's Bad People, but You Can't Help But Like Him"

Birthday Party

Day-Glo on Velvet

Good Night, Sweetheart

Could a Mouse Escape?

Unnecessary Humiliation

Percy's Brook

Gas Like a Night Nurse

The Boxer

A Particle of Light

Home Cooking

Last Man Out

That Lovely Fresh Air

You Ain't Got Me Yet

Between Hell and Nova Scotia

Angels, Angels

Wives and Husbands

The Singing Miner

Part II

The Richest, the Most Exclusive, the Most Inaccessible Club in the World

Sunlight

Man of the Year

"Seems Like a Fellow's Discouraged"

The Miners' Code

Sources and Acknowledgments

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156029575
Subtitle:
The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Greene, Melissa Fay
Author:
Greene, Meli
Author:
ssa Fay
Subject:
General
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Industrial Health & Safety
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Nova scotia
Subject:
Mining
Subject:
Canada - General
Subject:
Mine accidents.
Subject:
Canada - Post-Confederation (1867-)
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Springhill Mine Disaster, Springhill, N.S., 1
Subject:
Coal mine accidents -- Nova Scotia.
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040503
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 352 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156029575 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] most vivid account of horror and heroism, of exemplary human behavior under the most adverse circumstances."
"Review" by , "With every book, Greene further refines her art of rich, literary nonfiction. And she continues to find these perfect stories ..."
"Review" by , "Through interviews with survivors, the autobiography of the local doctor, and, most fascinatingly, a study of survival strategies conducted after the disaster, the award-winning Greene... captures the gloom in all its manifestations.... A strikingly told story."
"Review" by , "A superb study of the human condition in extremis." BookPage
"Review" by , "By combining interviews with her own vivid prose and high sensitivity to human anguish, Greene has created a book that is... deep, moving and timeless."
"Review" by , "A nail-biting account... In a series of devastating, finely drawn portraits, Green deeply examines the lives of her characters... the sturdy reticence of men too strong to admit they may be doomed. Bottom line: A tragic triumph."
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