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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User Review  - Nicole Holstein - Goodreads

I loved this book for the insider view it provided behind what the public saw and knew in these dramatic years of the War Against Coal. From thw investigative reporting of Ken Ward, the invaluable and ... Read full review

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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.