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Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese

Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese

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Coal:   A Human History by Barbara Freese is a 304-page softcover published in 2003 by Penguin Books. The cover has some light shelf wear. Inside the book is in good condition.

Book Summary

In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese taxes 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, expanded frontiers, sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal's world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including the blackening of our skies and lungs for centuries, and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. From the “Great Stinking Fogs” of London to the rat infested coal mines in Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance with an extraordinary impact on human civilization.

ISBN:  0 - 14 - 200098 - 1

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