"In most history books, disasters-when they are recounted at all-are reduced to numbers. The dead. The cost. But in this remarkable look at a forgotten moment, Susan Kushner Resnick replaces statistics with detailed lives of some of the seventy-five men who died in the 1943 mine explosion in Bearcreek, Montana-an explosion that, for some families, still echoes today."-Scott Martelle, author of Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West (Scott Martelle )
"Susan Resnick has done a marvelous and very difficult thing. Through her fine research and wonderful prose, she has captured the heart and soul of an American town that was brilliantly alive until the day a sudden disaster all but killed it. How that day came is a matter of documentation, but Resnick is far from satisfied with mere reporting on the life and death of a town. She has dug deep, as deep as the mine beneath Montana that is the centerpiece of this remarkable history. This is one of the best books I've ever read about mining and the strong, amazing, enduring people who do it."-Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys and October Sky (Homer Hickam 20090519)
With a compassionate voice, Resnick paints the picture of innocent, idyllic Bearcreek and its earnest residents as she builds up to the inevitable tragedy to come.Resnick's book celebrates the strength and dignity of these miners and their families. --In These Times
As I started reading Resnick's book I kept asking one question--Why am I not familiar with this disaster? And wondering one thought---Why does this kind of disaster keep happening? --The Missoulian
detailed true story--tragic lives of coal miners during the 40'sPublished 11 months ago by mary anne lower
I lost several relatives. Was looking forward to the book and their story.
All that was mentioned was their names......
It's an ok read if you are looking for something to entertain you for a short time. I don't get into the whole reviewing the writing, is it good literature etc. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Maxgate
Tidbit: The title does not contain a typo, and other reviewers have revealed why the misspelling occurs, but I believe it would be best for the reader to discovery the reason from... Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Books & Benches
I just finished reading "Goodbye Wifes and Daughters"; it was one of five books that
I put aside for summer reading. I found the book to be very moving and sad. Read more