Coal: A Human History (Paperback)
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Short Description for Coal The fascinating history of a simple black rock that has shaped the world--and now threatens it. In this remarkable book, Freese takes readers on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe.
- Published: 27 January 2004
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780142000984 ISBN 10: 0142000981
- Sales rank: 289,321
Full description for Coal
In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal's world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including centuries of blackening our skies and lungs--and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. Ranging from the "great stinking fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance with an extraordinary impact on human civilization.