In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock That Changed the World [NOOK Book]

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock That Changed the World

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Overview

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Coal," writes former Wall Street Journal reporter Rottenberg (Revolution on Wall Street), has been "the critical force driving the modern world for the past two centuries." Rottenberg tries, with varying success, to animate that history with a well-written account of two families tied together by the busts and booms of the coal industry as it evolved from an almost agricultural endeavor in the late 18th century into a highly mechanized but physically and financially dangerous modern corporate enterprise. One family, the Leisenrings, owned and operated major American mining companies for five generations. The second family, the Givenses, worked the mines of eastern Virginia for most of the 20th century. Rottenberg's background as a financial writer stands him in good stead as he skillfully traces the relationship between technical advances that made coal a more economically feasible source of energy and the infrastructure changes (canals and later railroads) that facilitated the movement of coal. His treatment of larger events the unionization of manufacturing industries, the Great Depression, WWII and the Vietnam War expands the book's reach to reflect factors that influenced all of American industry. Rottenberg's access to materials about the Leisenrings enlivens his discussion of the corporate side of the coal equation. His account of the Givens family, whose lifestyle and culture are not as well documented, is less engaging. Rottenberg is particularly good on the rise and fall of the United Mine Workers and its charismatic union icon John L. Lewis and his successor, Tony Boyle, who was convicted of the murder of union rival Jack Yablonski. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135951313
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dan Rottenberg is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of seven books, including Revolution on Wall Street: The Rise and Decline of the New York Stock Exchange. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Rolling Stone, playboy and Town and Country.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Message in the Necho Allen Hotel
Leisenring and Givens Family Trees
Chronology
Prologue: "There Will Come a Time" 1
Ch. 1 "A Rock That Burns" 13
Ch. 2 A Passage from the Mines 21
Ch. 3 Holy Trinity 29
Ch. 4 Boy Wonder of the Anthracite 37
Ch. 5 Souls in Darkness 47
Ch. 6 A Road Not Taken 57
Ch. 7 The Ambitions of Henry Clay Frick 67
Ch. 8 At War in the Coke Fields 75
Ch. 9 Starting Over 101
Ch. 10 The Rise of John L. Lewis 115
Ch. 11 Utopia Goes Union 135
Ch. 12 Be Careful What You Wish For 165
Ch. 13 Prelude to Murder 187
Ch. 14 The Age of Uncertainty 209
Ch. 15 Riding the Roller Coaster 231
Ch. 16 Nowhere to Hide 245
Epilogue: A Hyacinth Blooms at Imboden 257
Principal Characters 267
Notes 273
Bibliography 315
Acknowledgments 319
Index 321
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