King Coal: A Novel

By Upton Sinclair
Read by Grover Gardner

12.18 Hours 08/05/2014 unabridged
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Well known for The Jungle, his scathing exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair here takes on yet another massive industry: coal mining. Based on the 1914 and 1915 Colorado coal strikes, King Coal describes the abhorrent conditions faced by workers in the western United States’ coal mining industry during the 1910s. The story follows Hal Warner, a rich man looking to get a better view of the lives of commoners. It is a tale of struggle, threats, and violence, of hardened men and the advocacy for workers’ rights. In this business, the road to unionization is a rocky one.

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Summary

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Well known for The Jungle, his scathing exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair here takes on yet another massive industry: coal mining.

Based on the 1914 and 1915 Colorado coal strikes, King Coal describes the abhorrent conditions faced by workers in the western United States’ coal mining industry during the 1910s. The story follows Hal Warner, a rich man looking to get a better view of the lives of commoners. It is a tale of struggle, threats, and violence, of hardened men and the advocacy for workers’ rights. In this business, the road to unionization is a rocky one.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sinclair layered fiction and reportage and social-justice advocacy. He aimed his novels like missiles, wanting them to explode. Sadly, the targets for this novel—coal barons using the Republican Party as a tool for corporate sovereignty—remain with us...King Coal may be forgotten, but it’s far from irrelevant.” BookPage
“Sinclair’s achievement was impressive…He saw through the lies of his era and exposed a world long hidden from view. He showed compassion for the weak and the poor, the powerless and the despised. He created images and characters that are poignant and memorable. He fueled anger at injustice. It is no fault of his that the old lies have lately been repeated, that important lessons have been forgotten, and that somehow we now find ourselves back in the jungle, with and odd feeling of déjà vu.” Eric Schlosser, New York Times bestselling author of Fast Food Nation, praise for the author

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Author Bio: Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) was a journalist, a prominent social and political activist, and the author of over two dozen books, including the novel Dragon’s Teeth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1943. He is perhaps best known for The Jungle, the dramatic exposé of the Chicago meat-packing industry that prompted the investigation by Theodore Roosevelt that culminated in the pure-food legislation of 1906.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 12.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English