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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1 edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Franklin has lived in Chile for more than fifteen years, twelve of those as The Guardian (UK) correspondent for Chile.

Granted a Rescue Team credential at the site of the Chilean mine disaster, his dispatches ran in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Observer (UK) and The Sydney Morning Herald.   As cameraman at the mine, he filmed exclusive footage for ABC News, CNN International, Univision and the Discovery Channel.

Fluent in Spanish, Franklin has covered events ranging from the arrest of Augusto Pinochet to the inner workings of the cocaine trade during his years in South America.  His features are regularly published in GQ, Esquire, Marie Claire, Playboy and many other magazines.  As cofounder of www.AddictVillage.com, Mr. Franklin travels throughout Latin America to produce reports for magazines and newspapers worldwide. His investigative reporting has been used by ABC’s Nightline, CBS’s 60 Minutes, A&E, the BBC and numerous documentary productions worldwide.

An American who was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Franklin moved to Chile in 1994 and currently resides in Santiago with his wife, Toty Garfe, and his six daughters.


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It is the story of 33 real men, all with differing personalities and beliefs pulling together to survive.
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I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a very well written story of adventure and heart.
Marie

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a fellow journalist and author, I can only marvel at how Franklin managed total access to this incredible story. His narrative writing style presents itself more like the look and feel of a novel than a work of nonfiction. I found myself taking pause while reading to remember that this is a true story.

Franklin pulls you in and doesn't let go. For the ultimate insider's look at the definitive account of a fascinating tale of perseverance, determination, and survival, I highly recommend "33 Men."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marie on February 18, 2011
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I was fascinated with the Chilean Miners' story when it was happening and picked this book up not expecting to learn anything new because of the extensive coverage at the time. But this is a great story with rich details I hadn't heard before, brought to life by someone who is clearly an excellent writer. I know it's a cliche, but I couldn't put it down!

I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a very well written story of adventure and heart. This is truly a remarkable 21st century saga of human trial and survival with just enough cultural context and technical information to make it a book that also teaches something about what's possible in this global hi-tech world we live in.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Andrews on February 17, 2011
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I live in Chile now and this guy definitely had a back stage pass as the details and angles that describe the events are awesome. It has a great flow which makes it easy to read and very difficult to put down - probably read it faster than Alive or Into Thin Air... a must read - after all it was one of the largest TV events in history and here's the inside scoop.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By reader on February 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like so many of us I followed this story praying for a happy ending. While I was overjoyed to see these men emerge I was disappointed to see the story disappear and these men paraded around without learning what really happened down there. This book finally gave me the whole story and is extremely well written. Mr Franklin clearly got to know these men and everyone involved. The back story is so much more compelling than the highlight reel we were given on TV. While this story is far from over I am thankful that I am able to finally get a glimpse into what was really happening at the mine, both above ground and below. Great journalism like this is the only way we can truly appreciate what these men went through, and how it has changed their lives forever.

Great Book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Gonzales on February 18, 2011
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I received the book in the afternoon and couldn't put it down. A fast-paced intimate look at this story that obsessed the world for more than two months. Franklin's unusual access to the rescue and the people involved--not to mention his long experience as a journalist--give a rare glimpse of what really went on. Fasten your seat belt for a wild ride.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bob f. on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
* I just finished "33 Men." I couldn't put the book down, and when I did, I couldn't wait to return to the constant drama. Jonathan Franklin weaves his well written story and transfixes us much the way Sebastian Junger tells of the "Perfect Storm." Franklin's narrative suspends us between two worlds - the underground world of the trapped miners and the above ground rescuers. Both worlds are filled with personal stories of human strengths and frailties that make this book an unforgettable account of 33 men.
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"33 Men" is destined for the best seller list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Faith on February 21, 2011
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What a wonderful depiction of the events of the miracle rescue witnessed by the world. Jonathan Franklin did a fantastic job of telling the story as he knew it and saw it. This book is a collector's item, one to be passed on from generation to generation. Thanks so much for sharing your story with all of us!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kramball on February 24, 2011
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I am truly astonished and amazed that this book isn't at the top of best seller lists around the world. Jonathan Franklin does a beautiful job of describing what has to be one of the most harrowing, technologically complicated, and ultimately uplifting events in recent history. Godspeed to the 33 men whose lives have been changed in ways most of us can only imagine. Heartfelt thanks to all those involved in the rescue effort. If you were one of the billion or so people whose thoughts and emotions were enmeshed with these miners and those trying to save them, you really owe it to yourself to read this book.
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