This book is written by Eliot Lord who was personally involved with the geological studies of the many mines in the Comstock Mining District. He was a Harvard University grad and lived in Virginia City from 1879 to 1883.
These mines reached greater depths than any other mines in the world. The danger from volcanic-like heat was extreme. They were also the hottest mines in the world, subject to lava-like mud slides and geysers of steam.
The book's rivetting accounts were taken from the contemporary newpapers of Virginia City and Gold Hill, which are lost to fires and no longer exist. These reports, are, alone, worthy of the cost of the book.
The many fires and great loss of life are detailed with names and body counts that are awesome. The conditions the miners endured are recounted so powerfully, here, the book could be subtitled, "Working at the Gates of Hell."
The detailed accounts of the working men's lives makes one really understand why the United Mine Workers Union was and is necessary.
Greed knew no limits and the miners paid the piper.