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Goodbye Wifes and Daughters Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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"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
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This story also helps us understand how bad or delayed decisions, corners cut, and heartbreakingly slow bureaucracy led to the very tragic ending of 75 lives, the total uprooting of their families as they adjusted to life on their own, and the sad demise of a town with a lot of heart.
You will not regret buying this book. You won't be able to put it down.
Story of a Montana coal mining accident. They used to have parades, dances and everybody enjoyed the outside. Recall stories of canaaries, this mine had mice to tell them when conditions were bad.
The morning of the inspection there are many things written down, safety issues and air was not fit for human consumption. Although he had a safety list nothing would ever be done during the time of war.
Always been fascinated by the mines but I'm not sure why=something to do with my father I think.
Story follows many of the families and what they are doing that day, along with past events of the town. Love where the location is, described so beautifully-hope to visit one day.
Politics, mine owners, mine operators, regulations and nothing gets done. Notes to their loved ones were written on walls, helmets, etc.
Enjoyed listening to the improvements via the inquisition and the followup on what the remaining members of the families had done after the devastation. Reminds me of the big disasters: JFK shooting, 911 invasion and what I was doing at the time. Same as the people here, they knew exactly what they were doing the day of the mine blast.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
A Reader's Opinion:
The summary gives an excellent description of what the book is about, so what you'll get is my opinion and my observations. I found this author because it was an honor book in the 2011 Montana Book Awards. At first I was curious about the misspelling in the title, but that mystery was solved once I read the book (and I'll admit, a tear or two later). Goodbye Wifes and Daughters is more than just a historical account of a horrible tragedy that could have been avoided. It is also a moving story of survival and enduring through terrible hardships.
I enjoyed the way the author told the story as though you're sitting in a comfortable room on a sofa listening to each survivor or family member talk about their side of what happened. What plans did they have for their futures? What were they doing months, weeks, or days before it happened? Where were they the moment they found out? These questions are answered by those who lived it - that's how the story is told. You'll find heroes in the women and children who came out the other side, many without their husbands, and how as the summary puts it, fought back and persevered.
A mining accident might not seem worthy of a story, after all the war was on and far greater tragedies were taking place, right? You just might feel differently after reading this book, because unlike war, this is a tragedy that could have been stopped and the author does great justice to the story and to the people who lived it.
I highly recommend this book for any reader and I look forward to visiting the site to learn more about the history.
My Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5
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detailed true story--tragic lives of coal miners during the 40'sPublished 23 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
While on a road trip a few years back, I happened upon the Bearcreek Cemetery and spent time looking at the headstones and the Smith Mine Memorial. Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by BookBaron
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
I can see why, when Susan Resnick stumbled across the story of this mining tragedy she felt compelled to write a book about it. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by N. Hall
Nonfiction can be a tricky thing. Just about anyone can convey past events and facts about people - but who wants to read a history book? Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Connie Mayo