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Big Coal, by Jeff Goodell. Viewing the political and economic heft of the American coal industry, journalist Goodell presents an admiring view of the workers who mine, transport, and burn coal and an adversarial posture toward the CEOs, lobbyists, and politicians who monitor industry interests.

Lost Mountain, by Erik Reece Reece, followed a mountain as it underwent mountaintop removal mining over the course of more than a year. The result is a wealth of information and stories.

Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!
, by Laurie David. Written by the producer of An Inconvenient Truth, this book is chock full of simple steps every American can take to reduce consumption of resources that are producing global warming, and shows what one human can do when she puts her mind to it.

Coal: A Human History
, by Barbara Freese. Follows the history of coal from pre-historic times through to modern-day England, Appalachia, and finally, China. If you're not already obsessed with coal, you will be once you read this book.

Something's Rising, by Silas House and Jason Howard examines the way thirteen separate people are fighting mountaintop removal in Appalachia. The book consists of magazine-style features and oral histories and was called "revelatory" by none other than Studs Terkel. Bev May, one of the subjects of Deep Down, is featured.

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