Synopses & Reviews
A new form of strip mining has caused a state of emergency for the Appalachian wilderness and the communities that depend on it-a crisis compounded by issues of government neglect, corporate hubris, and class conflict. In this powerful call to arms, Erik Reece chronicles the year he spent witnessing the systematic decimation of a single mountain and offers a landmark defense of a national treasure threatened with extinction.
A cautionary analysis of the consequences of radical strip mining, otherwise known as "mountaintop removal," links its practice to virtually every leading social issue today, from groundwater pollution to corporate ethics, in an account that warns readers about dangers being posed to America's natural resources and the communities that depend on them. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
This groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction exposes how radical strip mining is destroying one of America's most precious natural resources and the communities that depend upon it.
About the Author
Erik Reece is a writer in residence at the University of Kentucky. His work appears in The New York Times, Harper's, The Nation, Orion, and The Oxford American, among other publications.