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Praise for the author’s previous book, Fire Underground
“Enough bureaucratic villains to fill a Dickens novel.”
―New York Times Book Review
“DeKok has not only reported and written a compelling first-hand account of how an underground fire destroyed Centralia, but he even gives us an anatomy of how the disaster happened and analyzes its implications for one community, and in a sense for all of us. A thoughtful and thoroughly engrossing read!”
―Lisa Scottoline, author of Dirty Blonde, a fictional story about Centralia
"An excellent, unbiased chronicle devoid of the emotionalism which set resident upon resident."
―Library Journal (for the book as previously titled, Unseen Danger)
Very informative and a good inside account of the complicated struggle of a small town. Unlike most historical accounts, this book was written more as a novel, than a history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kdragonrose21
This book gift to husband, history about the tragedy in Pennsylvania so many years agoPublished 3 months ago by R Fields
This book is a treasure trove of facts about the centralia mine fire. It leaves no questions unanswered, and DeKok is clear about where each piece of information came from so there... Read morePublished 4 months ago by kblaylock
Great detail. Good explanation of how the government failed at every level to help the citizens (after causing the problem in the first place). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steelers Ted
A great story and smooth read, well written. A great story for anyone into mining history, or anyone not yet convinced that government is full of failure, waste and beurocracy!Published 10 months ago by Scuba Steve