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Fire and Brimstone

Michael Punke

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Revenant--basis for the award-winning motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio--tells the remarkable story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history. The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead. Fire and Brimstone recounts the remarkable stories of both the men below ground and their families above, focusing on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, Fire and Brimstone also tells a far broader story striking in its contemporary relevance. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Revenant--basis for the award-winning motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio--tells the remarkable story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history. The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead. Fire and Brimstone recounts the remarkable stories of both the men below ground and their families above, focusing on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, Fire and Brimstone also tells a far broader story striking in its contemporary relevance. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.
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The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Revenant--basis for the award-winning motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio--tells the remarkable story of the worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history. The worst hard-rock mining disaster in American history began a half hour before midnight on June 8, 1917, when fire broke out in the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked more than two thousand feet below ground, the fire spewed flames, smoke, and poisonous gas through a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Within an hour, more than four hundred men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, one hundred and sixty-four of them would be dead. Fire and Brimstone recounts the remarkable stories of both the men below ground and their families above, focusing on two groups of miners who made the incredible decision to entomb themselves to escape the gas. While the disaster is compelling in its own right, Fire and Brimstone also tells a far broader story striking in its contemporary relevance. Butte, Montana, on the eve of the North Butte disaster, was a volatile jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive corporate master, seething labor unrest, divisive ethnic tension, and radicalism both left and right. It was a powder keg lacking only a spark, and the mine fire would ignite strikes, murder, ethnic and political witch hunts, occupation by federal troops, and ultimately a battle over presidential power.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christopher Grove

Length:

9h 18m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:52


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:52


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:30