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Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal Hardcover – September 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0813124414 ISBN-10: 0813124417 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; First Edition edition (September 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813124417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813124414
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Investigative reporter Loeb compassionately chronicles 10 years of grassroots efforts by citizens of southern West Virginia to protect their homes from coal-mining damage. The story centers on the efforts of Patricia Bragg, who in 1998, together with attorney Joe Lovett, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection for their failure to regulate the waste from mountaintop mining, a practice in which hundreds of feet are sliced off mountaintops and the leftover rubble is dumped into streams and narrow valleys. This case, which resulted in a ruling for a two-year moratorium on mountaintop removal by a judge who had not previously favored environmental causes, is the high point of the book. Though the judge's ruling was later overturned on appeal, the Bragg case led to some improvements in coal-mining procedures. Unfortunately, Loeb overloads her account with too many stories of other people struggling for fair treatment by the coal company. She's very effective, however, in pointing out the heartbreaking dilemma of these West Virginians: the industry that threatens their quality of life is also the lifeblood of their economy. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.)
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She was an unassuming homemaker, trying to do what was right for her family. He was an untested lawyer, trying to find a cause that would make his career. Together, Patricia Bragg and Joe Lovett took on West Virginia's coal industry in a David-and-Goliath case that would have far-reaching implications for the environment and a more immediate effect on the lives of people who had lived for too long under the mistaken impression that they were powerless to stop the destructive mining practices that had ruined their water, compromised their health, damaged their homes, and devastated the pristine natural habitat that was once the Appalachian Mountains' greatest asset. An acclaimed investigative journalist, Loeb spent nine years following the case with Bragg and Lovett as they went head-to-head with mining unions, legislators, the courts, and even other locals who feared the loss of their jobs. The result is a captivating, if cautionary, account of the staggering fortitude, resilience, and solidarity one community mustered in the face of nearly insurmountable opposition. Haggas, Carol

More About the Author

Penny Loeb has been a journalist at newspapers and magazines for three decades. Working at Newsday and U.S. News & World Report, she won many national journalism awards and was a finalist for both a Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Award. She graduated from Vassar College and has a master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her two books are "Moving Mountains: how one woman and her community won justice from big coal" and "My Name is Angel: True Life Adventures of a Lady Donkey." She lives on a small horse farm in Virginia with Angel and her friends. Moving Mountains is being made into a feature film.

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This book is a an eye opener and you must read it.
Matthew
A good book to read now that there is reason for hydrofracking; and it is coming to a town near you.
Andre Celeste Jones
I recommend this to anybody interested in Appalachia mining and mountain top removal.
Jackie Thibault

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Fowler on November 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Time and again when reading Moving Mountains, I found myself exclaiming, "They can't do that!" The "they" in this case being either the state regulators and politicians that we like to assume are acting in our best interests, or the 300-pound gorilla in West Virginia, King Coal.

By the end of this epic living history, you find yourself wondering if it was really written in the United States, with our cherished principles of rule of law and every man equal, or if Penny Loeb wandered into a Third World country and forgot to tell us. But no - it's all true. Until you see the complete evisceration of the land that is mountaintop removal mining, or see and hear firsthand the wanton abuses of King Coal on the land and the people, it's hard to believe that some of the things in this book actually happened.

But they did (and still are). Loeb relates them in vivid and most excruciating detail, by telling the stories of a small handful of West Virginians who had finally had enough of King Coal's daily abuses, affronts to their dignity and assaults on their health, homes and families. If she has a fault, it is that she tries to be too fair to all sides, which dilutes the power of the opposing viewpoints; and her drive to be all-inclusive of all the individuals and groups involved in the fight against King Coal and for social justice of necessity leaves out or minimizes the roles of some key players (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition is a good example of the latter).

Moving Mountains is both a gripping, deeply person narrative about the underdog going up against the corporate behemoth, and a cautionary tale about what our nation's insatiable hunger for energy is doing to one state, West Virginia, which truly is becoming America's Energy Sacrifice Zone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. OTT on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
MOVING MOUNTAINS IS A SMART ENCOUNTER WITH THE TRUTH...AND THE TRUTH HURTS. I WAS AMAZED BY 2 ACTS OF PERSEVERANCE AROUND THIS BOOK. THE FIRST BEING TRISH BRAGG AND HER PERSONAL DRILLING DOWN TO THE CORE OF WHAT SAVES A COMMUNITY AND ITS PEOPLE AND SECOND, OF THE AUTHOR, PENNY LOEB, AND HER DRIVE TO STAY WITH A STORY IN THE SMALLEST OF TOWNS WHERE YOU HAD TO WONDER IF ANYONE WOULD REALLY CARE. I DID, JOE LOVETT DID AND TRISH GAVE ME A GREATER APPRECIATION OF THE POWER OF ONE, THE POWER OF A FEW AND THE THE AMERICAN WAY...FIGHTING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AGAINST THE ODDS. I AM SURE THERE IS A METAPHOR IN SAVING THE COMMUNITIES WELL WATER...I AM JUST GLAD THE TOWNSPEOPLE STILL HAVE WATER TO DRINK. THATS A LESSON FOR US ALL.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Noe on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The title says it all... "MOVING MOUNTAINS"! It is one thing to be there and share the experience, but it is another to be able to write about it. This is such a wonderful book...the author paints such a vivid picture! I was actually able to capture the heart-felt emotion and put myself within it as though I were there. It is so true when we say that there is strength in numbers, but it was the faith, prayers, and courage of Trish and her community that brought forth justice. I would love to see a movie develop from all of this... it would be a BEST SELLER! If you love to read a book of great quality, buy this one... I promise you wonn't be disappointed. Keep up the good work Penny!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Celeste Jones on October 6, 2012
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It is chronological/journalistic writing, and can be dry at times, but the book shines when people tell their stories about personal assaults and conditions they had to endure from unfair, unhealthy practices by the coal mining industry. It shows that people do have the power to change things when lives and the land are at stake. A good book to read now that there is reason for hydrofracking; and it is coming to a town near you.
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