In 1971, Laurence Leamer went to work in a coal mine in West Virginia. He was there for a few months then went off to write a story for “Harper’s” about life in the mines. In his time there, he grew to love the mountain people and their culture - their honesty, their way of tending each other.
Slightly less than 40 years later, Leamer read a story in the “New York Times” about a court case and realized it was taking place exactly where he had worked decades before. So Leamer went back to research a new book about a fascinating example of predatory capitalism at its worst.
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