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Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia Reprint Edition

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ISBN-10: 1594482365
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About the Author

Erik Reece was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches English and writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His work appears in Harper's and the Oxford American, among other places.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594482365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594482366
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
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... and I still give this book five stars. I am so tired of the lame argument that we must still see "coal as our future," until another method can be found. Other methods HAVE been found, but there is so much criminal money tied up in the coal industry, and so many misled goops still rallying behind the coal bosses, that no one with the wherewithal to do so is doing ANYTHING to promote other energy sources.

It was enough, for me, that most of the men on the in-laws side of my family died of black lung. But after reading the chapter about the Huntley-Brinkley road, I do not know how coal bosses, truck drivers, former governors, or any of the other crooks responsible for this can sleep at night, nor how they live with themselves, nor what they plan to say when they face God some day.

I thank you, Erik Reece, for this masterful book. I envy your students. I pray this book moves someone, changes something, anything, for the better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Smith on February 5, 2009
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I read this book for a college class, and loved it. Beware, though...you will probably be very angry at the whole situation by the time you are through reading. Reece does a great job of creating a riveting, edge of your seat story about a very touchy subject. The only question that remains is "What next?" What can we do to remedy this situation?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR on July 1, 2013
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Reece puts you right there on a mountain before, during, and after it has been demolished for all time. He lets you in on conversations with people on both sides of the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining. Lost Mountain is well written, and I think it would be fascinating to anyone who loves planet Earth, our beloved mountains, and all the plants and wildlife who live there. Another reviewer of this book, a professional in the industry, makes some good points, but just doesn't get it when it comes to "property rights". Read this book and decide for yourself how you feel about permanently trading our ancient Appalachian mountains for corporate profits and a few temporary jobs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Bowen on February 19, 2013
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This makes one aware of the devastation now being wreaked on the Appalachians by "clean coal." Recommended for anyone doubting that we need to rethink our energy sources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hunnicutt on March 28, 2011
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after reading this book, i can only assume that the corruption of the BUSH, the first one and the second one have not regard for human life, yet they fought so hard against abortion. devatation in this area is COMPLETED. poor people have no choices left, no where to go to fight CITY HALL. scary if you happen to be unlucky enough to live there. what was a beautiful place is a horror now. read the book and find out about it/.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Allen on June 21, 2014
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This is a clear and engaging read which discusses the tragic and short-sighted practice of mountaintop removal in the Appalachian region. It includes interesting ecological information, and it also makes clear the human and environmental exploitation involved in this enterprise. Highly recommend.
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By TWM on January 7, 2015
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Read this for a business class - pretty sad really - does a good job to describe the destruction and ecological damage being perpetrated to extract coal in Appalachia.
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