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One of the best books ever about the W.Va. mine wars
on August 12, 2006
This book is a classic and a must-read for anyone interested in union history in America. The author is fair, too, which is a rarity in this genre: he tells of the union atrocities, as well as the ones committed by the companies and their goons. He's more interested in telling facts than pursuing a particular agenda. It was a time of evil and mean-spiritedness by both sides, which he reveals better than most. It explains the roots of the "us-against-them" culture in which the West Virginia economy has floundered for 80 years.