- File Size: 4742 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Publisher: KINDLE GLOW BOOKS; 11th Kindle edition (July 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ZBQ160
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Price of Black Diamonds (A Short Visceral History w/Photos) Kindle Edition
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Yet, that may really say something more of us as readers than it does of her as a writer. Linda writes well. Her command of the language is superb. She knows how to craft her thought patterns into something that is unique, informative and complexly simple.
Linda Shelnutt really shines when she starts conversing about coal mines and the people who burrow deeply into them in search of energy and living. And when I say "conversing", that is really how I have learned to approach her work - as if she is conversing with me. She wields informational statistics as if they were a sharpened sword, something to cleave entrenched notions of what really transpires when a company decides it would like to probe into the earth for the valuable commodity known as coal.
But she doesn't just assail with cold numbers. Shelnutt also presents the lives of the owners and workers of those companies who grow more stymied every year by a government and environmental religion run amok.Read more ›
Using the dramatic impact of the near death of mining in Colorado as the backdrop, author Linda G. Shelnutt acquaints readers with the issues and personalities surrounding the mining of coal. She is uniquely qualified to do so, being married to a line worker in the coal industry as well as having impressive credentials as both a creative writer and commentator on energy issues.
The story edifies and educates as the author takes the reader behind the scenes for a glimpse of both present and future issues facing what has been a vital American industry since the dawn of the Industrial Age. There is an undeniable sense of heartache as the author makes the reader see how an entire skilled trade is being executed by ignorant, self-serving politicians. How she or the men she writes about can still talk as if America is the Land of Opportunity is a tribute to their patriotism and perhaps their blind HOPE for the future.
Through the author's biting wit and eloquent advocacy we helplessly watch as these willing workers whose labors have kept us reading and warm since the Declaration of Independence are actually being pushed into the breadlines by these gangster politicians.
With the current administration heading toward likely re-election, it is more important than ever that the American people learn what is happening to this vital resource and the men who claim it for us.
Additional works by this author on coal and its importance to America are quickly found in this author's bibliography. ALL are worth reading.... while there is still time....
FIVE STARS for dramatic literary appeal and educational value.
John W. Cassell
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