King Coal

King Coal

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by Upton Sinclair
     
 

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" INTRODUCTION
Upton Sinclair is one of the not too many writers who have consecrated their lives to the agitation for social justice, and who have also enrolled their art in the service of a set purpose. A great and non-temporizing enthusiast, he never flinched from making sacrifices. Now and then he attained great material successes as a writer, but invariably

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" INTRODUCTION
Upton Sinclair is one of the not too many writers who have consecrated their lives to the agitation for social justice, and who have also enrolled their art in the service of a set purpose. A great and non-temporizing enthusiast, he never flinched from making sacrifices. Now and then he attained great material successes as a writer, but invariably he invested and lost his earnings in enterprises by which he had hoped to ward off injustice and to further human happiness. Though disappointed time after time, he never lost faith nor courage to start again.
As a convinced socialist and eager advocate of unpopular doctrines, as an exposer of social conditions that would otherwise be screened away from the public eye, the most influential journals of his country were as a rule arraigned against him. Though always a poor man, though never willing to grant to publishers the concessions essential for many editions and general popularity, he was maliciously represented to be a carpet knight of radicalism and a socialist millionaire. He has several times been obliged to change his publisher, which goes to prove that he is no seeker of material gain.
Upton Sinclair is one of the writers of the present time most deserving of a sympathetic interest. He shows his patriotism as an American, [...]".

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King Coal (1917) is to the mining world what Sinclair's The Jungle is to the meat-packing industry. Through protagonist Hal Warner, Sinclair reveals the abuses faced by immigrant mine workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781407643922
Publisher:
HardPress Publishing
Publication date:
01/29/2010
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Upton Sinclair is best known for writing The Jungle -- a novel that exposes the practices of the meat packing industry that lead to governmental investigations and changed food laws in America.

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King Coal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a truly captivating representation of the hypocrisy and oppression that the early 20th century coal miners encountered. While the plot is not as notable as his earlier work, The Jungle; King Coal is laced with it's own gruesome depiction of the corruption caused by greed and apathetic treatment toward the mine workers. Upton Sinclair devoted his life to exposing the flaws of big industry and I think everyone could benefit from reflecting on his work. I would also recommend Germinal by naturalist, Emile Zola or The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The latter book illustrates the life of a family of sharecroppers during the Dust Bowl while the former concerns the lives of workers in the French mines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do either of you want to be med wolf?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is SO unfortunate! Upton Sinclair is an American institution and this book is a classic that I was most anxious to read... but I will not be able to do so on my Nook. Whatever it says on its brag wall cover page, Google did NOT scan the original book "carefully." It is unreadable. I'm headed to the library to look for a hard copy.....
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It was fast paced and think u for ur input i will think of that next time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked like a pre schooler wrote it. I dont meant to hurt your feelings. I though the story was a little short and rushed a liitle. But over all it was a good story. I liked the names you picked out for your characters. Espeicialy Skyleaper. Do you mean coalpaw because cole is human name and not a warrior cat name? Please continue because its a great story!