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The Real Disaster Is Above Ground: A Mine Fire and Social Conflict Paperback – Nov 11 2009

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky (Nov. 11 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081319329X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813193298
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
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About the Author

J. Stephen Kroll-Smith is associate professor of sociology at the Hazelton campus of Pennsylvania State University.Stephen Robert Couch is associate professor of sociology at the Schuylkill campus of Pennsylvania State University.

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HASH(0xb5587960) out of 5 stars It is a sad tale of a broken town that never recovered from ... Dec 26 2014
By Edgar F. Beers Jr. - Published on
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An account of the turmoil that racked Centralia. It was not only the people against a devastating mine fire but people against each other. People wanted to preserve their town all the while denying anything was wrong. On the other side people were taking their cause to the media, government, and other citizen's groups so that someone would do something to help.Both sides became entrenched in a fight that literally tore the town apart. The authors list quotes that give an insight to the state of mind of many people then.
It also tells the story of how government seemed to care more about protecting its own political aspirations than the citizens of Centralia. That started with the borough council right up to the US Secretary Of The Interior.
The book is written in a different style than previous books I have read on the subject. This book seemed to tell an unbiased story not based on just one side. It told it how the authors observed it and by their questions of the citizens of Centralia. It is a sad tale of a broken town that never recovered from the technological disaster that began in 1962 and continues today, although all but about six buildings and about the same number of residents remain.
I read most of the book in one night.Once I started reading I couldn't stop reading.
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HASH(0xa9035dd4) out of 5 stars A very good read about the town that has inspired many ghost ... Aug. 17 2014
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A very good read about the town that has inspired many ghost stories, a series of video games, and 2 Hollywood movies. Forget the fiction...the real story is better!