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From The Critics"... Dublin's oral history presents a dreary portrait of those living in Pennsylvania's coal mining Panther Valley. Using first-person accounts of several area residents (six men, seven women), the author provides a steady stream of their "stories of struggles in hard times." Their narratives capture America's immigrant middle class, from bowling and bootleg whiskey to religion, at their best and in pure drudgery. Though local newspaper photographer and coal-miner's son George Harvan's photographs suggest that life went on after the mines closed, the results, lacking a wider scope, are ordinary."