Coal: A Human History (Paperback)

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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, launched empires, and expanded frontiers. It made China an eleventh-century superpower, inspired the Communist Manifesto, and helped the North win the American Civil War. Yet coal's transformative power has come at tremendous cost, from the blackening of our lungs and skies, to the perils of mining, to global warming. Now updated with a new chapter describing the high-stakes conflict between coal's defenders and those working to preserve a livable climate, Coal offers a captivating history of the mineral that helped build the modern world but now endangers our future.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465057931
ISBN-10: 0465057934
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English