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Author Freese, Barbara (Barbara E.)

Title Coal: a human history [Hoopla electronic resource] / Barbara Freese.

Edition Unabridged.
Imprint [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2003.
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 37 min.)) : digital.
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Cast Read by Shelly Frasier.
Summary The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock has altered the course of history. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War.Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy-and even today powers our electrical plants-has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. As early as 1306, King Edward I tried to ban coal (unsuccessfully) because its smoke became so obnoxious. Its recent identification as a primary cause of global warming has made it a cause cľ̈bre of a new kind.In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins three hundred million years ago and spans the globe. From the "Great Stinking Fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic city streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance that has done extraordinary things-a simple black rock that could well determine our fate as a species.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Coal -- History. -- Sound recordings.
Coal -- Environmental aspects. -- Sound recordings.
Added Author Frasier, Shelly. Narrator.
hoopla digital.
ISBN 9781400120871 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
140012087X (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT10756171
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