Coal

Coal

A Human History

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142000984
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as “the best stone in Britain” by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal’s world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including centuries of blackening our skies and lungs—and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. Ranging from the “great stinking fogs” of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance with an extraordinary impact on human civilization.

Praise

“An enthralling journey, across time and across continents.”
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

“Stunning…Coal, to borrow a phrase, is king.”
—The New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents

1. A Portable Climate
2. The Best Stone in Britain
3. Launching a Revolution
4. Full Steam Ahead
5. A Precious Seed
6. The Rise and Fall of King Coal
7. Invisible Power
8. A Sort of Black Stone
9. A Burning Legacy
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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