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Placing the event into a larger context, Greene describes how it became the first nationally televised disaster, as journalists from all over Canada and the U.S. converged on the small town and camped at the entrance of the mine. After their rescue, the men were the center of media attention, and some of them became instant celebrities (one was chosen as Canada's "Citizen of the Year"; another became a spokesman for 7-Up soda). She also details the bizarre episode in which an assistant to the governor of Georgia tried to spin the disaster into a marketing gimmick to promote tourism. To the segregationist governor's chagrin, one of the rescued miners turned out to be black, presenting him with a potential public relations nightmare. Though her use of fictionalized dialogue between the miners is sometimes distracting, Greene's extensive research brings this remarkable story to life, making Last Man Out an absorbing re-creation of a forgotten episode. --Shawn Carkonen
This is a compelling story of miners who were trapped underground. In [Last Man Out] [Melissa Fay Greene] does an excellent job of capturing the emotions of those trapped as well... Read morePublished 5 months ago by christine hooker
In 1958 the Springhill Mine in Nova Scotia collapsed killing or trapping over 100 coal miners. Three groups of 19 miners stayed alive in small pockets of debris. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Virginia Allain
Very good story and well written. How do you deal with being trapped in such a small dark space that deep underground. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by ernie
"Last Man Out" concerns two very different stories and issues. The first involves a coal mine collapsing in October 1958 in Springhill, Nova Scotia, the media circus that it... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by mwreview
I heard the song written when I was 19-years-old. I wanted to know the real story and this book did it. It is was excellent.Published on May 26, 2010 by John
This is not your ordinary disaster book -- where brave men race against the clock to survive. There is not much drama in the rescue of the trapped miners, though Greene vividly... Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by CJA
The writer of this book does such a good job in painting the picture of lives of these in this book about life and the dangers of coal mining!Published on September 21, 2007 by Bentonranger
This is a great book. Many of these reviewers made an assumption and assertion that the author created the dialogue and thoughts. Those reviewers are wrong. Read morePublished on May 6, 2006 by W. B. Daitch