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The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock has altered the course of history. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War.

Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy—and even today powers our electrical plants—has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. As early as 1306, King Edward I tried to ban coal (unsuccessfully) because its smoke became so obnoxious. Its recent identification as a primary cause of global warming has made it a cause célèbre of a new kind.

In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins three hundred million years ago and spans the globe. From the "Great Stinking Fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic city streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance that has done extraordinary things—a simple black rock that could well determine our fate as a species.

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The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock has altered the course of history. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War.

About the Author

Barbara Freese, an assistant attorney general of Minnesota for more than twelve years, helped enforce her states air pollution laws and along the way became fascinated by coal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400130870
Read:
Frasier, Shelly
Publisher:
Tantor Audio
Read by:
Frasier, Shelly
Read:
Frasier, Shelly
Narrated by:
Frasier, Shelly
Narrated:
Frasier, Shelly
Author:
Frasier, Shelly
Author:
Freese, Barbara
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Rocks & Minerals
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Power Resources - Fossil Fuels
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Library - Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.4 x 6.7 x 0.9 in 0.6 lb

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Engineering » Engineering » Power Resources » Fossil Fuels
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Geology » General

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"Synopsis" by , The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock has altered the course of history. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War.
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