A dramatic account of the 33 miners of the San Jose mine in Chile by novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar, in official collaboration with 'The 33' and with the full cooperation of the Chilean authorities behind the daring rescue operation.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
'Riveting ...The best book I've read all year.' Ann Patchett
'An astonishing tale of survival' Spectator
THE STORY THAT GRIPPED THE GLOBE
August 2010: the San Jose mine in Chile collapses trapping 33 men half a mile underground for 69 days.
Faced with the possibility of starvation and even death, the miners make a pact: if they survive, they will only share their story collectively, as 'the 33'.
1 billion people watch the international rescue mission.
Somehow, all 33 men make it out alive, in one of the most daring and dramatic rescue efforts even seen.
Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar is the man they choose to tell their story.
'A masterful account of exile and human longing, of triumph in the face of all odds.'
Los Angeles Times
'A gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion... An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh' - Kirkus
Riveting... Tobar vividly narrates the miners' lives post-rescue as they come to terms with their life-changing experience and the media frenzy surrounding it. Rich in local color, this is a sensitive, suspenseful rendering of a legendary story. - Publishers Weekly, Most Anticipated Books of 2014
' . . . an eloquent testament to the human spirit' - The Times
Hector Tobar is the son of Guatemalan immigrants and a native of the city of Los Angeles. He is the former Buenos Aires and Mexico City Bureau Chief for the LA Times and shared a Pulitzer for the paper's coverage of the 1992 riots. He is currently an LA-based columnist for the paper. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Barbarian Nurseries.