"Though many writers have dealt with the struggle against this extreme form of mining, McNeil's book fills a gap in the scholarship. . . McNeil demonstrates how the contemporary political and economic climate demands new forms of activism to represent community interests."--Appalachian Journal
A book for all concerned readers who want to learn what [mountaintop removal] means to the people it most impacts.--Library Journal
"This book fills a gap in our understanding of strip mining and its opposition by insightfully connecting mountaintop removal and resistance to neoliberalism. McNeil's detailed discussion of the complex origins of mountaintop removal and the lack of good alternative economic opportunities in Appalachia is a strong basis for readers new to the subject."
--Chad Montrie, author of To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
"A splendid volume, interestingly written, engaging a broad historiography, and formulating convincing arguments concerning the evolution and racial complexity of the rural labor force."--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
About the Author
Bryan T. McNeil is an assistant professor of anthropology at American University.