47 down: the 1922 Argonaut Gold Mine Disaster

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J. Wiley, Apr 21, 2004 - History - 273 pages
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Advance Praise for 47 Dow

"A gripping mystery story: Will the men trapped deep underground in a mine by fire be reached by rescuers in time? And why do these mining disasters occur, and reoccur, in our nation’s history?"
Gerald M. Stern, author of The Buffalo Creek Disaste

"This is as much a story about journalism as it is about a mine disaster. Women reporters assigned to chronicle the human side were called ‘sob sisters’ for their ability to evoke emotion with words. O. Henry Mace pays tribute to the tenacious and creative Ruth Finney, whose storytelling skills framed the story for decades after her passing and established her as one of the early giants among women in journalism."
Eleanor Clift, contributing editor, Newswee

"Most disaster books are predictable and dry, but O. Henry Mace’s 47 Down, the story of the 1922 Argonaut mining tragedy, is, quite simply, one of the best disaster books to come along in years. Mace’s taut, lyrical, intelligent prose combined with his thorough research and his film director’s eye for detail and focus make 47 Down as compelling as The Perfect Storm and as memorable as Young Men and Fire. Mace takes the reader inside the Argonaut mine shaft and doesn’t let go. This is a necessary book."
Denise Gess, coauthor of Firestorm at Peshtig

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User Review  - debherter - LibraryThing

This book is more the story of the journalist who covered this disaster than it is of the men who were trapped in the mine--the title led me to expect otherwise. The female journalist at the heart of ... Read full review

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This is a great book.My Grandfather is Steve Pasalich that was quoted many times in this book.
George R. Pasalich


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O. Henry Mace has written on western history and has put together collector’s guides on both early photographs and Victoriana.

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