Coal: A Human History

Coal: A Human History

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Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese, Shelly Frasier

The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock has altered the course of history. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War.

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ISBN-13: 9781400100873
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Edition description: 7 CDs, 7 Hours, 37 Minutes
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Barbara Freese is an environmental attorney and energy policy analyst, who for more than twelve years helped enforce her state's environmental laws as an Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota. Freese lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Coal: A Human History 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SACox More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be fascinating. As a historian, Barbara Freese did a fantastic job of explaining the discovery of coal, its early use and explaining how that evolved into the comtemporary ways that it is utilized for energy. In her history, she brings in all relevant topics, such as the conditions of workers, the perspective of prospectors and industry, and environmentalists. All necessary components for an in-depth historical and analytical look at the world's dependence on coal. I find that her final chapter on the modern coal industry is rather fair. She could have easily been imbalanced in discussing this, either more in line with conservationists or the industry, but in fact, it was a perfect explanation of how coal is used today, and the current discussion surrounding coal today, which is how to make it cleaner to use. That doesn't make her a conservationist, as another reviewer stated, but rather an informed writer who is bringing all relevant topics on the matter to the forefront.

After reading this book, it makes you understand how the world could not help becoming dependent on coal, especially as that dependence grew over centuries without the knowledge of its damaging effects. It makes any one interested in this topic realize that this is an issue that requires not just high passions, but well thought out policies to bring about change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting and well-researched book. The author's engaging, readable style makes the book a real gem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The werewolf also in a human form walked over to Skell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in as well. "Are we gonna train now?", he asked him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable look at the development of the world's dependence on coal and coal's role in the industrial revolution. The use of coal as a heat and energy source meant less reliance on wood and increased energy output, but it also meant dreadful pollution, dangerous working conditions, child labor, and early death. As a fuel, coal proved to be both a blessing and curse, and Freese's highly readable exploration of the subject is both informative and entertaining.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book--per its title Coal: A Human History--would provide more stories and information about the lives of individual coal miners. Instead, it was an economic/political history of coal and its development. It might be useful for a high school class to read to learn about the history of coal. But for a general reader, it was not terribly interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coal has shaped our city growth from 200 BC to 2003 global warming on every continent. Barbara Freese cycles a town in China and experiences the burning lungs from coal. She tells the history of child labor in the mines everywhere. Shocking and backed up by research with an extensive bibliography, her facts are told in such a way that you do not want to stop reading the gruesome story. Hope Pres. Bush and Condi Rice read her history. Our country needs to be a leader in environmental preservation and clean up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for information on the history of coal. Unfortunately, I read a relentless rant from a conservationist's view of the evils of coal use. This publication should be endorsed by enviromentalist groups but not by historians.