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Buried Alive

The True Story of the Chilean Mining Disaster and the Extraordinary Rescue at Camp Hope

Manuel Pino Toro and Foreword By Natalie Morales

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

On August 5, 2010, a tunnel in the gold and copper mine in the Atacama Desert in Chile collapsed, with all of its miners trapped underground. For days, the families waited breathlessly as percussion drills searched out signs of life. Finally, a note came back from below--the miners were alive and safe. Now the rescue crew needed to burrow through 2300 feet of solid rock to get them out. For nine weeks, the world watched as Chile threw all of its resources into the effort. Televisions flashed images of worried families holding vigil night and day and of Chile's newly elected President Pinera making their recovery his personal crusade.  What the cameras didn't reveal was the behind-the-scenes intrigue: the corruption that led to faulty construction of the tunnel in the first place; how the men lived in a muddy and humid environment where the temperature was unbearably hot; how the rescue effort became a political campaign to raise the president’s sagging numbers; and the abundant hope necessary to sustain the men in their underground captivity. Author Manuel Pino takes us into his native Chile and, drawing on direct access to the miners and their families, weaves a rich narrative of extraordinary survival and triumph.

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"We may never have a complete account or true understanding of all that was happening in the Atacama desert at the San Jose Mine, but Buried Alive, by celebrated Chilean journalist Manuel Pino Toro, gives us a complete and accurate account of how the story unfolded and just how each of the thirty-three miners played a crucial role in their survival and rescue. Toro reveals how the miracle happened and takes the reader on a journey of amazing discovery and high drama. It’s a story we simply can’t get enough of, and Toro has a unique perspective as one of Chile’s foremost journalists." - from the Foreword by Natalie Morales

"A riveting tale of courage, faith, and perseverance of the human spirit. Told by Pino Toro, a Chilean journalist, this account is written in a suspenseful fashion that exposes the raw emotions of the families, the country, and the world as the uncertainty over the fate of the miners unfolds in dramatic fashion. The author applies his journalistic skills to bring the reader the experience of living, praying, and waiting in Camp Esperanza. [He] keeps the reader engrossed in this real-life drama and uplifting story of triumph." - Library Journal

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  • Manuel Pino Toro and Foreword By Natalie Morales

  • Chilean journalist Manuel Pino was one of the firstreporters at the disastersite, interviewing families at Camp Hope. Pino also served as editor of the Latin America and World sections of La Opinion in Los Angeles, California, the largest and most important Spanish daily newspaper in the U.S. He is a contributor for Radio Francia Internacional, the television network ATEI in Spain; and Noticias Culturales Iberoamericanas.

    Natalie Morales is a co-anchor and national correspondent for NBC’s Today.

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Buried Alive

The True Story of the Chilean Mining Disaster and the Extraordinary Rescue at Camp Hope

Manuel Pino Toro and Foreword By Natalie Morales

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