Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America Audiobook, by Mark A. Bradley Play Audiobook Sample

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America Audiobook

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America Audiobook, by Mark A. Bradley Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Perry Daniels Publisher: Kalorama Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781696602129

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

26

Longest Chapter Length:

44:28 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:44 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

22:00 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

In the early hours of New Year's Eve 1969, in the small soft coal mining borough of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, longtime trade union insider Joseph "Jock" Yablonski and his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in their old stone farmhouse. Seven months earlier, Yablonski had announced his campaign to oust the corrupt president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Tony Boyle. Yablonski wanted to return the union to the coal miners it was supposed to represent. Boyle was enraged about his opponent's bid to take over—and would go to any lengths to maintain power.

The most infamous crimes in the history of American labor unions, the Yablonski murders triggered one of the most intensive and successful manhunts in FBI history—and also led to the first successful rank-and-file takeover of a major labor union in modern US history, one that inspired workers in other labor unions to rise up and challenge their own entrenched, out-of-touch leaders.

Blood Runs Coal comes at a time of resurgent labor movements in the United States and the current administration's attempts to bolster the fossil fuel industry. Brilliantly researched and compellingly written, it sheds light on the far-reaching effects of industrial and socioeconomic change that unfold across America to this day.

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“Combin[es] elements of true crime drama and legal thriller with a perceptive exploration of a transformative moment in modern labor history.”

— New York Journal of Books 

Quotes

  • “Union politics and true crime mix vividly in Bradley’s account.”

    — National Book Review
  • “One of the most shocking episodes in organized labor’s blood-soaked history…meticulously researched.”

    — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “Masterful…An absorbing narrative of pride, greed, arrogance, and retribution.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)

Awards

  • Finalist for the 2021 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book

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About Mark A. Bradley

Mark A. Bradley has been a US Department of Justice lawyer, a criminal defense lawyer, and a CIA intelligence officer. He is the director of the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration.

About Perry Daniels

T. R. Harris is the author of the bestselling Human Chronicles, the Jason King: Agent to the Stars series, and the Drone War series, among other books.