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Coal Black Heart: The Story of Coal and Lives it Ruled Kindle Edition

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Length: 354 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews


"There is a history big and small here, heroism and heartbreak, and humanity in all its diversity. Coal Black Heart is an epic tale and a compelling one — John DeMont's prose grabs you by the shirt collar and keeps you turning the pages."
— D'Arcy Jenish, author of Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Opening of the West

"John DeMont has written a fascinating global history....Coal Black Heart delivers the goods."
Atlantic Books Today

"A moving work of memoir, archival research and fireside storytelling."
Canadian Geographic

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About the Author

John DeMont is the best-selling and award-winning author of Citizens Irving: The Irvings of New Brunswick and The Last Best Place: Lost in the Heart of Nova Scotia. He has written for many publications, including the Financial Times, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, and Maclean’s, where he was Atlantic bureau chief for ten years.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 4509 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (May 29, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031TZBB0
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like the author, my heritage is also rooted in the coal mines of Cape Breton, so I had heard parts of many of the stories in this book before, but never in such detail or elequence as here. John Demont is a gifted storyteller, and when you combine this with the hard reality of the miner's life at the hands of exploitative coal companies, you get a wonderful gritty insight, whether it is into the bleak and dangerous life of those early miners, the early struggles of the union organizers or of the emergence and then eventual demise of the coal industry, it is presented in a captivating style. This is above anything else raw and honest history, especially of Cape Breton, as it should be taught in school.

The subtitle of Coal Black Heart is "The story of coal and the lives it ruled" and that it certainly is, presented with a touch that takes readers back to a time and people that shaped our country and for that matter, shaped who many of us are today, as it was the coal mines that led to the immigration of many new Canadians - Scottish, Irish, Poles, Italians and on and on, who landed here to mine, and whose future generations stayed and continue to contribute as Canadians.

John Demont has done Canada a great service in writing this book. Do yourself one and read it.
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