True story of the trapped Pennsylvania coal miners and their rescue
This book is a riveting account of 9 Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours.
Some would say coal mining is not a "job", it's a calling.
These men were poor as church mice despite the dangerousness of their jobs.
They grew up together, ate together, spent Christmas' together, their families grew up side by side. The shared experience of being in total blackness every day bonded these men together further, in a way nothing else could.
The description of the 77 hours spent with them not knowing if they were going to live or die is awesomely depicted by Jeff Goodell as their story is told to him.
It breaks one's heart to read of the calloussness of the miner owners who could prevent these deadly accidents but refuse to because of the "bottom line". The families who never know when or if their loved one is coming home from one day to the next as they descend into the blackness that could kill them. Coal mining kills not just from structural collapses but from the daily breathing in of cancerous and toxic chemicals given off by the coal dust.
The way these macho men use language to keep each other's spirits up, knowing that giving up or succumbing to the horror of their plight meant certain death was interesting to me, as if you didn't know what was going on and just listened to their dialogue, you wouldn't know these guys were getting ready to meet their makers and trying damn hard to postpone the trip.
A fine read about a dangerous way of making a living that still happens today and the men who do it.
The true story of a tragic mining incident.
The story of Pennsylvania coal miners and their 77 hour entrapment down below. Interesting read, both inspirational and, at times, extremely disturbing. Good book!
Pretty good story. I didn't pay much attention to the newscasts when the ordeal happened, but it's nice to hear what happened from those who lived through it.
On a Wednesday, July 24 2002 nine Pennsylvania coal miners were trapped underground for 77 hours. This is the story of the faith, friendship and courage that kept them alive in thier own words.
Very interesting to learn more about what happened to these men.
This was a good book. It really made you feel like you were there trapped in the mine with them.
This is a story about the nine Pennsylvania miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours. It is a compelling story about their friendship, faith and endurance while they were waiting to be rescued.
A quick read and very interesting review of the 2002 mining accident. The story is told partially in the miners' own words, allowing the reader to feel closer to the action and, somehow, closer to the men and their families. These miners are a tough breed and their close-knit families are feisty, fiercely loyal, and home-grown. Provides a glimpse into the very real dangers of mining. Would recommend.
The entire nation stopped and held its collective breath as word spread of the plight of the nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours. Now, for the first time, the miners tell their own story...