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Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining

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ISBN-13: 978-1578051663
ISBN-10: 1578051665
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About the Author

Shirley Stewart Burns is the author of Bringing Down the Mountains, the first academic book detailing the social, environmental, political, and economic consequences of MTR mining on southern West Virginia communities. She holds a Ph.D. in history with an Appalachian emphasis and served as an editor for the Family and Community section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, among other publications. Born in the southern coalfields of Wyoming County, West Virginia, Burns is the daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and sister of underground coal miners.

Mari-Lynn Evans has executive-produced many television programs and films, including The Appalachians, a top-rated three-hour PBS documentary (with companion book and soundtrack), which was seen by more than 100 million people. Originally from Bulltown, West Virginia, Evans now lives in Akron, Ohio.

Silas House is the author of the novels Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2002), and The Coal Tattoo (2004), and the play The Hurting Part (2005). His work has received many awards, including two Kentucky Novel of the Year Awards, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Appalachian Book of the Year, and the Chaffin Award. House lives in eastern Kentucky, where he was born and raised.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051663
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Fesenmaier on December 22, 2009
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Shirley Stewart Burns, Mari-Lynn Evans and Silas House have done an exceptional job editing many essays by the leading opponents of mountaintop removal mining. This is the perfect companion book to the great film by Mari-Lynn Evans that I have called "the "Harlan County, USA" of the 21st century.Articles range from Nick Clooney, an Appalachian native and journalist, father of a famous son, to Ken Hechler, who wrote a great article on "how Congress enabled mountaintop removal mining." ( Ken's parody song "Almost Level, West Virginia" sung to the tune of "Almost Heaven, WV" by John Denver is also printed. Ken is working on a book of his famous political parodies.) I especially enjoyed the quotes on the side of the main text in the essays and the photographs by Mark Schmerling, Builder Levy, Jim Clark (color photos) and many other great photographs. The book includes a good list of information resources including listing other films on MTR. There has been several notable ones recently including the 2008 Pare Lorentz Award winning film BURNING THE FUTURE - COAL IN AMERICA about Maria Gunnoe, the third WV woman to win a Goldman Award for Environmental activism. Ms. Evans, as producer, has repeated her great success of "The Appalachians," creating a book worthy of the film that she produced. I told Ken that he should visit our local cineplex and watch "Avatar," a film about people like Maria Gunnoe and Larry Gibson and himself fighting a giant corporation complete with its own police force willing to do anything to extract valuable ore from a living planet. Hopefully people other than myself will connect "Avatar" which took in a record $70 million on it opening weekend to the struggle in Appalachia.
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Just as the movie is a series of first-person narratives by those most directly affected by mountaintop removal mining, the essays contained in this companion book together weave an exceptionally personal story about this devastating practice. There is enough supporting evidence available elsewhere to illustrate the cost of MTR to the region, but the stories contained in this book and movie add the personal perspective that too many documentaries lack. So many of these people are heroically brave in the face of corporate destruction of their homes.

This is one book I urge everyone to buy, read, and circulate to as many friends as possible, then to contact the EPA and their representatives in Congress to bring about change.
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This book is informative and an easy read! Especially for those of us who are re-learning things my Pap taught me when I was too stupid to pay attention! For every single family member that struggled to breathe or left their home for work, please educate yourself!!! It reads as easy as a fairy tale but without the HAPPY ending!
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Mining is a dangerous thing, but some take it to the next level. "Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining" discusses the rise against mountain top removal mining and the dangers it poses to the miners as well as the environment. Based on the documentary film, Coal Country discusses the harmful effects coal mining has had throughout the country, and why some people are standing up and opposing the practice. "Coal Country" is a must read for those concerned about mining in America.
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By Waltr on January 10, 2011
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I got the book for a friend for Christmas and never took it out of the package. My friend still hasn't taken it out of the package. But the package looked okay.
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