- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (August 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401308899
- ISBN-13: 978-1401308896
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 Reprint Edition
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"Compelling if horrifying account of the fire and the trapped men is the heart of this yarn, its soul is Punke's historical contextualization of the event. He paints a vivid picture of a city, state and nation in the grip of industrial monopolies."―Publishers Weekly
"Punke presents this timely story in a strong and readable manner."―Library Journal
"One of the great tales of the 19th-century West."―The Salt Lake Tribune
"An absorbing story Punke, clearly at ease writing about politics, Washington and the law, uses the strike and the disaster's aftermath to reveal the circular nature of corruption in company towns. It is difficult to read these passages and not think of the Sago mine disaster in West Virginia and not wonder why in the near century since, safety for miners had still not improved significantly in the US."―Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Reads with the immediacy of today's tragic headlines. Fire and Brimstone combines a driving narrative energy with the authority of detail only the most careful research can reveal."―William "Gatz" Hjortsberg, author of Odd Corners and screenwriter of Legend
"Punke's recounting of the struggle of the others to survive is tense, exciting, and even inspiring. He tells an equally interesting story of the ethnic conflicts, anti-war protests, and labor warfare."―Booklist
About the Author
Michael Punke serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served on the White House National Security Council staff and on Capitol Hill. He was formerly the history correspondent for Montana Quarterly, and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana. He is the author of The Revenant and Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West. His family home is in Montana.
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Fire and Brimstone is much more than a history of Butte and the largest mining disaster of the 20th century. Punke's annotated work spans much of American industry history of unions and management conflicts.
The vast fortunes of Marcus Daly, William Clark, and Frederick Hinze, and later company officials, all left Montana. They left the Berkeley Pit, the defining feature of Butte's landscape. And Butte's persistent optimism for the future.
A must read for all Montanans to understand the history of our state and its contributions to national politics and laws.
It is difficult to say the book was enjoyable, being written about such a gut-wrenching subject. However, the author does a good job of covering the heroic and very human aspects of it. I learned alot about mining, what people do to make a living and their actions in dire circumstances.
Since the disaster happened in 1917, reading it was like travelling back in time to 1917. The author paints a full picture, not just of the disaster and people but of the political, economic and environmental conditions surrounding the disaster.
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