A nonfiction legal thriller that traces the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice
Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America's electric power. But wealth and influence weren't enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company's mines—in which scores died unnecessarily.
As Blankenship hobnobbed with a West Virginia Supreme Court justice in France, his company polluted the drinking water of hundreds of citizens while he himself fostered baroque vendettas against anyone who dared challenge his sovereignty over coal mining country. Just about the only thing that stood in the way of Blankenship's tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-couple attorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bring justice to this corner of America. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia they pursued their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and to a dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled to purchase their own brand of law.
The Price of Justice is a story of corporate corruption so far-reaching and devastating it could have been written a hundred years ago by Ida Tarbell or Lincoln Steffens. And as Laurence Leamer demonstrates in this captivating tale, because it's true, it's scarier than fiction.
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About the Author
Laurence Leamer is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including The Kennedy Women and Madness Under the Royal Palms. Leamer is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and Playboy, and has most recently written cover stories for Newsweek. He lives in Washington, DC, and Palm Beach, Florida.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being from the area where Massey is located and being familiar with the happenings and with the people involved, I bought this book thinking it would be interesting but possibly boring at times as it dealt with all the legal manuverings and the political machinations. I was wrong. From the first page I was enthralled. Leamer's style flows easily, his characters are human and I did not want to put it down. For those of us who know the story, or at least the parts we have read in the newspapers, this was the "rest of the story" that we had been missing. Very impressed and I will be reading more of Mr. Leamer's books. D. Goble
I absolutely loved this book. The greed and corruption was mind boggling; the decade long fight for justice was nothing short of inspiring.
This is a very well researched book that everyone should read. Leamer does an excellent job of following the story over time and telling the story through real people's lives.