Last Man Out

The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: C1931
Released: Jul 22, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402540288
Narrator/s: Henry Strozier
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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.

Author(s): Melissa Fay Greene
Genre: History


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Last Man Out
Product Number: BX00034393
Product Number:C1931
Product Number:Z10001

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Author(s): Melissa Fay Greene
Narrator(s): Henry Strozier
Genre: History
Product Number Z10001
Released: Sep 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490660998

Professional reviews

"Melissa Fay Greene tells the gripping story of the 1958 Nova Scotia mine collapse, when 75 miners were killed and others trapped for six days without food, water, light, or communication. Henry Strozier's narration is impeccable. When focusing on the trapped miners, he uses a gruff, yet patient voice that simply "fits." After the miners' rescue, the book describes the free trip to Jekyll Island given to each man by the state of Georgia as a marketing gimmick. Unbeknownst to the racist Georgia government, one miner was black, and the island segregated. Strozier superbly conveys the mixed emotions of the miners and government officials, using subtle changes in pace and tone. Last Man Out is a marvelous story of courage and decency, proving again that Greene is one of our finest authors of dramatic nonfiction. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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