Coal River

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Macmillan, Jan 8, 2008 - Business & Economics - 321 pages
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One of America's most dramatic environmental battles is unfolding in southern West Virginia. Coal companies are blasting the mountains, decapitating them for coal. The forested ridge tops and valley streams of Appalachia--one of the country's natural treasures--are being destroyed, along with towns and communities. An entire culture is disappearing, and to this day, most Americans have no idea it's happening.Michael Shnayerson first traveled to the coal fields four years ago, on assignment for Vanity Fair. There he met an inspiring young lawyer named Joe Lovett, who was fighting mountaintop removal in court with a series of brilliant and daring lawsuits. He also met Judy Bonds, whose grassroots group, the Coal River Mountain Watch, was speaking out in a region where talking truth to power was both brave and dangerous. The two had joined forces to take on Massey Energy, the largest and most aggressive of the coal companies, and its swaggering, notorious chairman, Don Blankenship.Coal River is Shnayerson's account of this dramatic struggle. From courtroom to boardroom, forest clearing to factory floor, Shnayerson gives us a novelistic and compelling portrait of the people who risked their reputations and livelihoods in the fight against King Coal.
  

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User Review  - Sarah Woodbury - Goodreads

Coal River is a riveting account of legal battles regarding mountaintop mining in West Virginia. The depiction of Don Blankenship and Massey Energy is particularly haunting after this year's Upper Big ... Read full review

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Contents

A VALLEY UNDER SIEGE
3
THE TIPOFF FROM TONY
11
A BRUTE FORCE CALLED MASSEY
19
FIGHTING BACK
36
A SHORTLIVED LEGAL VICTORY
59
STACKING THE STATE SUPREME COURT
76
THE WAR WITH WASHINGTON
95
A SCHOOL IN MASSEYS SHADOW
128
DONS TERRIBLE YEAR
200
TURNING A COURTROOM LOSS AROUND
210
A WALK THROUGH WEST VIRGINIA
218
BACK IN COURT AGAINST THE CORPS
236
DON GOES FOR IT ALL
261
A RULING AT LAST
276
THE VIEW FROM KAYFORD MOUNTAIN
295
NOTES
299

THE DEAD SOULS OF SMITHERS
146
MARCHING IN THE VALLEY
164
MASSEYS UNWELCOME NEW FRIEND
183
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
307
INDEX
309
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About the author (2008)

Michael Shnayersonis a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His books include The Car That Could: GMs Revolutionary Electric Vehicle and The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria with co-author Mark J. Plotkin.