Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal
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Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something’s Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal in the coalfields of central Appalachia. Each person’s story, unique and unfiltered, articulates the hardship of living in these majestic mountains amid the daily desecration of...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published March 16th 2009 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 2009)
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Completely amazing book. Much like Ann Pancake's Strange As This Weather Has Been (the first book I ever read addressing mountaintop removal), it completely humanizes and makes important an issue which is often ignored or thought of as unimportant. Probably the most compelling of the interviews is with Judy Bonds, who while speaking against MTR also addresses the class issues inherent in why this hasn't become a nationally-known tragedy.

Now, as for full disclosure: while in Kentucky last week I...more
I come from the flat land of Michigan so when I flew into Appalachia for the first time, I was taken aback. From the sky, those gentle old mountains looked like elders gently watching over the little valley towns beneath them. In grade school we were told that while the Rockies might provide the more stunning vistas, the Appalachian Mountains dwarf them in age. There’s something there that demands reverence, “respect your elders” and all that, but this imperative has gone blatantly unheeded by t...more
Aug 11, 2011 Debbie added it
Not the best read (parts are quite good though) but you will get an education about mountaintop removal and the coal industry. And it is NOT a pretty picture. Makes you want to immediately find alternative energy sources!
Jun 13, 2011 Mary added it
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I've only read a little bit and it's due back at the library. If you don't know about mountain top removal, it's horrible. I like books that have people speaking in their own voice...
Profiles of some incredibly inspiring fighters in the battle to end mountaintop removal mining. If you want to know what's at stake in Appalachia, this is a great place to start.
Telly McGaha
Aug 07, 2009 Telly McGaha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kentuckians, West Virginians, Virginians, Carolinians and Tennesseans, as well as environmentalists
I learned that the coal industry has go to be THE dirtiest industry ever known to mankind, and on many different levels (political, criminal, environmental, etc.).
An excellent book which exposes the impact of mountaintop removal in appalachia.
an excellent read of up close and personal issues of the people being harmed...
Oct 02, 2010 George rated it 4 of 5 stars
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What can we do to stop this destruction?
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Wonderful. One of my favorites
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Mountaindtop Removal 1 8 Oct 21, 2009 05:31PM  
Silas House is an American writer best known for his novels. He is also a music journalist, environmental activist, and columnist. He lives in Eastern Kentucky, where he was born and raised.

House's fiction is known for its attention to the natural world, working class characters, and the plight of the rural place and rural people. He is also a music journalist, environmental activist and columnist...more
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