King Coal is a book by Upton Sinclair, first published in 1917, that exposes the dirty working conditions in the coal mining industry in the western United States during the 1910s. As in an earlier work, The Jungle, Sinclair expresses his socialist viewpoints from the perspective of a single protagonist, Hal Warner, caught up in the schemes and plots of the oppressive American capitalist system. The book itself is based on the 1914-1915 Colorado coal strikes. Reader’s note: In Book 4, there is no chapter numbered Section 16 in the public domain Gutenberg e-text. However, no actual text from the book appears to be missing.
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March 01, 2014
Interesting view of conditions in coal mines in early 1900's from the perspective of the miners and union activists. Great reader.
October 27, 2012
The narrator does a good job of bringing this American Classic to life. I recommend this book to anyone with a profound interest in American History and/or the human condition as we know it.