April 21, 2021

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar has written a riveting account of the ordeal and rescue of 33 miners trapped in a Chilean mine back in August 2010.
Deep Down Dark not only depicts the experience of being trapped, hungry and sometimes hopeless in the bowels of the earth, but the book gives you background on the miners’ lives before this cataclysmic event. Their rescue is the result of insistent loved ones, the Chilean government and numerous international commercial and government entities. In essence, the whole world was rooting for the liberation of these 33 men and the book captures that emotional journey.

Tobar weaves together spiritual, political and historical threads to tell this remarkable story. His writing compels you to find out “what’s going to happen next” as if you are reading a popular thriller and not a remarkable work of non-fiction. This book belongs on the shelf with “Unbroken” and “Boys In the Boat.”

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