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    DescriptionIn 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, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal's world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including centuries of blackening our skies and lungs--and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. Ranging from the "great stinking fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of 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.

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    A Human History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Freese
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 180 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780142000984
    ISBN 10: 0142000981

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26640
    BISAC V2.8: NAT038000
    B&T Approval Code: A45500000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI048000, SCI031000
    B&T Approval Code: L45600000
    BISAC V2.8: TEC031030
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 553.24, 553.2/4/09
    LC classification: HD9540.5 .F674 2004
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Edition statement
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    27 January 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Barbara Freese, an assistant attorney general of Minnesota for more than twelve years, helped enforce her state's air pollution laws and along the way became fascinated by coal.
    Review quote
    "An enthralling journey, across time and across continents." --Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States "Stunning...Coal, to borrow a phrase, is king." --The New York Times Book Review