Coal River

ISBN-10: 0374125147
ISBN-13: 9780374125141
Edition: 2008
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

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. nbsp; Michael Shnayerson first traveled to the coal fields four years ago, on assignment forVanity 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. nbsp; Coal Riveris 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.

Michael Shnayerson is a staff writer at Vanity Fair. He lives in New York.

Prologue: A Valley Under Siege
The Tip-off from Tony
A Brute Force Called Massey
Fighting Back
A Short-Lived Legal Victory
Stacking the State Supreme Court
The War with Washington
A School in Massey's Shadow
The Dead Souls of Smithers
Marching in the Valley
Massey's Unwelcome New Friend
Don's Terrible Year
Turning a Courtroom Loss Around
A Walk Through West Virginia
Back in Court Against the Corps
Don Goes for It All
A Ruling at Last
Epilogue: The View from Kayford Mountain
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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