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Last Man Out - The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster

Melissa Fay Greene

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.

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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Genres:

History

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Henry Strozier

Length:

9h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

40:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

32:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

34:56