Melissa Faye Greene stunningly unfolds the story of the Springhill, Nova Scotia, mine disaster, a drama that seems especially hard-hitting in light of more recent mine collapses. In 1958, gases were propelled three levels upward, trapping men against the ceiling and burying them. One hundred men had entered the dangerously built mine Number Two; 75 never saw the light of day again. Two groups of men did survive, although their struggle was immense and almost unbelievable. They were forced to wait days until rescue, coming close to death. Meanwhile, the rescuers had to endure the painstaking ordeal of reaching the men without creating more problems, and the families had to expect the worst and hope for the best. Greene not only tells the tales of the 19 men who survived, but also recalls the memories of those who were never found. Last Man Out is a powerful story of heroism, terror, pain, and survival.
"Fascinating." (Publishers Weekly)
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