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The 33 Paperback – 13 Oct 2011
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"The wealth of detail and drama in The 33 makes for utterly compelling reading" (Daily Telegraph)
"Franklin unearths new dimensions to the story and creates a work of both literary beauty and graphic horror" (Sunday Express)
"Fast-paced and exceptionally well-documented account" (The Sunday Times)
"Franklin has done a very good job of illuminating the human stories behind the drama" (Daily Mail)
"A detailed re-creation of events and an astute study of how people react in dire circumstances" (The Sunday Times)
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This book tells the story from the initial collapse of the mine to the first few days after the miners were released from hospital. A few loose ends aside (I too noticed the mention of the forgotten tripod not being revisited) the book is excellently written and the author was right there at the front line of the rescue efforts throughout. I was surprised to find that the final rescue takes up only one chapter of the book, the majority of the text dealing with the initial entrapment, what the miners went through to survive, and the work leading up to the rescue, but it reads like a thriller. I read this on my Kindle and there are a lot of photographs included at the end of the text, some a little small - particularly one of the miners themselves with their names printed beneath but too small to read.
All in all I thought this was a fantastic story of a what could have been a tragedy turning into a triumph. Highly recommended.
Full price £14.99, but I bought mine secondhand for 1p (plus £2.50 p&p), so a real bargain (plenty at that price still available today).