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Coal : a human history

Author: Barbara Freese
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The fascinating history of a simple black rock that has shaped our world--and now threatens it. 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, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Freese
ISBN: 9780465057931 0465057934
OCLC Number: 914195434
Description: 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: A portable climate --
The best stone in Britain --
Launching a revolution --
Full steam ahead --
A precious seed --
The rise and fall of King Coal --
Invisible power --
A sort of black stone --
A burning legacy --
Tipping points: epilogue to the new edition.
Responsibility: Barbara Freese.


Engrossing... Coal , to borrow a phrase, is king.', New York Times Book Review  Read more...
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A New York Times Notable Book "An absorbing book that never loses its grip. Barbara Freese is a splendid writer and takes the coal of the whole world into her compass." -New Scientist "A magnificent Read more...

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