Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia Audiobook, by Chris Hamby Play Audiobook Sample

Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia Audiobook

Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia Audiobook, by Chris Hamby Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Gary Tiedemann Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478931638

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92:42 minutes

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08:40 minutes

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28:03 minutes

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In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hamby uncovers the terrifying resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big Coal cover-up, and the resilient mining communities who refuse to back down

Decades have passed since black lung disease was considered a national disgrace and Congress was pushed to take legislative action. Since then, however, not much has changed. Big coal companies, along with their allies in the legal and medical professions, have not only flouted the law and exposed miners to deadly amounts of coal dust, but systematically denied benefits to miners who suffer and die as a result of their jobs.

Soul Full of Coal Dust is a real-life thriller, the story of one of the nation’s most voiceless populations and its attempts to challenge one of the world’s most powerful forces: Big Coal. It is the story of these men and women, who have little access to education and few options in life, and their small group of advocates — lawyers and doctors often working out of their homes or in rural clinics and tiny offices. For decades, they have been fighting to wrench even modest compensation and medical costs from our nation’s biggest mining interests - all for a disease that should have been virtually eradicated years ago.

Full of the rich and complex atmosphere of Appalachia, packed with stories of workers who have toiled in the mines of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as tense courtroom dramas, Soul Full of Coal Dust is an important and timely book about injustice and resistance.

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“An important story told with care and eloquence, Soul Full of Coal Dust will have you rooting for its underdog heroes.”

— Dan Fagin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author 

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About Chris Hamby

Chris Hamby is an investigative reporter at the New York Times. While working at the Center For Public Integrity, Hamby won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his series of stories on coal miners and was later awarded the Lukas Prize to develop his reporting into a book. He was also a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his work on multinational corporations and their violations of domestic regulations and environmental law. He lives in Washington, D.C.

About Gary Tiedemann

Jesse Vilinsky is a classically trained actress and voice actor, having graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts and BADA in London. She has lent her voice to numerous film and television projects and has worked on various video games, animation, and commercial projects as well. As a narrator, Jesse has garnered recognition in AudioFile magazine for her expertly voiced characters and ability to bring forth the strength and truth of their stories.