Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith

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The entire nation stopped and held its collective breath as word spread of the plight of the nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours. Now, for the first time, the miners tell their own story--in a dramatic, riveting first-person account of their actions and emotions and of how they managed to make it through the traumatic accident and rescue.

The men were below ground when water trapped in an adjacent mine burst through the wall of the new mine ...

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Overview

The entire nation stopped and held its collective breath as word spread of the plight of the nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for 77 hours. Now, for the first time, the miners tell their own story--in a dramatic, riveting first-person account of their actions and emotions and of how they managed to make it through the traumatic accident and rescue.

The men were below ground when water trapped in an adjacent mine burst through the wall of the new mine they were working. Scrambling to avoid the sluicing tide that rapidly rose in the narrow passageway, the crew knew they were in serious trouble. Moe, who was trapped on the other side of the raging stream, alone and away from the others, thought he would die then and there. However, in a heroic effort, Randly Fogle, crew chief, drove the scoop machinery straight into the flood and Moe managed to leap into it, and thus was carried to relative safety.

Now all together, the miners moved to the best location they could find in the freezing-cold, still-rising water. They recount their fears, their prayers, their confessions to one another, and how they kept up their hope that they'd get out alive, while trying to decide how to drown with dignity. Meanwhile, we see the agony their wives, girlfriends, and families were going through, not knowing if they were living or dead.

Once a resuce was imminent, the men reveal how they decided who would be the last man up. And they tell of their emotions upon finally touching solid ground and meeting their loved ones, whom they'd thought they would never see again.

The successful rescue of the miners lifted the spirits of an entire nation. Now everyone can read the complete story of this harrowing incident--how these men and their families had the strength, courage, and faith to endure their incredible ordeal.

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Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Isn't the only new book about . . . nine men from a flooded Pennsylvania coal mine, but it's the best.
Arizona Republic
A moving account of the near-tragedy from start to finish.
Publishers Weekly
The story of the nine Pennsylvania coal miners who were trapped underground for more than three days last July could have easily been sidetracked by aphorisms about America's post-September 11 can-do spirit and the like. But since this tale is mainly told via the miners' own words, it's a blessedly unsentimental and true-to-life account of a horrifying situation and a triumphant escape. Goodell (The Cyberthief and the Samurai: The True Story of Kevin Mitnick-And the Man Who Hunted Him Down) proves a knowing scribe for this story of adventure and endurance, alternating between filling in the setting when necessary and just letting the miners talk, oral history style. For example, one miner, John Unger, recalls, "To keep our spirits up, we talked about what we were going to do when we got out.... Nobody had anything extravagant in mind. Harpo was going to have a cigarette and a beer and a chew." Goodell then adds, "At about 2:30 p.m., Yost's drill finally reached a depth of about 230 feet, roughly 15 feet above the floor of the mine." It's a pulse-racing tale, in which a drill punches into an old, abandoned, water-filled mine, quickly flooding the space where the miners are working, trapping them in a dark, cold pocket of rapidly diminishing air. Goodell wisely keeps the focus on these hard-bitten men and the bravery that kept them going through those long, indistinguishable days and nights underground. Photos. (Nov. 13) Forecast: While the miners' brush with death resulted in a media frenzy at the time, many Americans have probably moved on, drawn in by other current events and the rumblings of war. Never underestimate the power of a feel-good book in rough times, though; this one has potential. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401300555
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 11/13/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    Heart Felt Heroism

    Coming from a town with mining desaters history I felt some of the pains and desperations of some of industries bravest soles as they ponder lifes future and past.Truely an emotional and gratifying read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    awesome

    This is the best book that has ever kept me interested in reading. could not put it down until I was finished. these 9 miners truly went through an experience and prevailed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    INSPIRING

    If I was to say one thing about this book it would be that it give you a new appreciation for the gift of life. These men down in the mine were resolved to die, and their lives splashed before their eyes. Then, they were saved. Not only from the mine, but from going through life with blind folders on as to what is really important in life.

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