Last Man Out

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.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135.1 x 202.7 x 21.3mm | 340.2g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 015602957X
  • 9780156029575
  • 2,167,745

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