First published in 1976, The Longest Cave is a true classic of caving literature. With co-author Richard A. Watson, Roger Brucker takes readers on a series of gruelling expeditions that resulted in the long sought-after connection between Mammoth Cave and the Flint Ridge Cave System.
More than any previous book written about caving, The Longest Cave gives readers a sense of what it's like to spend hours and sometimes days underground. It is at times suspenseful, other times humorous, and always inspiring. The New York Times called this book "a primer in self-reliance and self-worth," while Time Magazine wrote, "For non-cavers who read it, the sensation of being trapped in Mother Earth's vermiform appendix is persuasively real, and the impulse to run gasping into the open air is strong".