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The Longest Mile Paperback – May 1, 1974


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140038140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140038149
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
When this book was written in 1969 it was sort of the "Silent Spring" of works concerning social problems of individuals living in isolated and little known pockets within the U.S. Since that time, there have been many wannabe books of this genre, but few have lived up to this one. This is the story of and the chronicle of life in the small world of an Appalacian hollow. The author, Rena Gazaway lived and worked with these people for a number of years and does know her subject. The book is well written and very informative. When you read this work, you must remember that it talks about a place that is almost fourty years in our past. Much has changed since that time, yet, surprisingly, much has not. The reader must also remember that many of the attitudes, theories, comments and solutions put forth by the author are right out of the 1960s social mind set. That being said, this is a good chronology of just what life was like then..the author more or less tells it like it is, even if it is through somewhat biased glasses. This is a good work for any student of the Social Sciences, a good read for anyone interested in such matters. I highly recommend this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren M. Sapala on February 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the most informative, and one of the most fascinatingly thorough books I've read on the Appalachian "hill people." Gazaway brings you into their strange world, while simultaneously fostering a deep respect for the mountain people and their culture. Highly recommended.
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After I read this book...I was deeply moved to want to help the people in Appalachia. They made me realize that money is not the most important thing in this world. But Love, Family, and Loyalty is. If you too would like to help these people because even to this day the people in Appalachia are among the poorest in the United States. Please visit this site [...] and see what you can do to help as well. Thank-You
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