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The Price of Black Diamonds (A Short Visceral History w/Photos)
 
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The Price of Black Diamonds (A Short Visceral History w/Photos) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Shelnutt

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The Price of Black Diamonds fuels sanity instead of chaos. Listen to Joe as he tells you a story about human industry in a pure light. Joe Carpine, coal mine owner/operator provides a memory lane view of his industry from his perspective in Fremont County, Colorado. This man knew and lived the life of mining.

Coal is an uncannily clean source of energy, contrary to what a dark echelon of politicians would like you to believe. Though public disclosures have been made noting political policy attempts to kill the coal mining industry, fortunately for all of us that honest industry isn't dead yet. If it were I wouldn't be typing this via an Internet connection, getting ready to upload this story to you through KDP. Instead, along with everyone else, I would be shivering in the dark or sweating in the sun, if I were unlucky enough to still be alive.

We aren't ready yet with viable or better alternatives for meeting our energy needs. Miners will keep the lights on for you, along with their cohorts in the infrastructure providing electric power for the level of civilization available in the USA, developed and maintained in spite of multifaceted enemies within.

This is a summer 2014 edition of The Price of Black Diamonds based [with some updates] on an interview with Joe Carpine in the summer of 2001 as he steps back into a cherished ebony history. Sometimes this short work with its extraordinary photo accompanied account is sometimes available free from one to five days to honor the 160 year era of mining in Fremont County Colorado, and to recall that in days long gone receiving a gift of a LUMP OF COAL was considered a special, cherished blessing of comfort and prosperity during unsettling hard times.

This article works with Shelnutt's set of eight seven Visceral Histories focused on the honorable depths of the coal mining industry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4543 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Publisher: KINDLE GLOW BOOKS; 9th Kindle edition (July 9 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZBQ160
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History of energy. Feb. 14 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Miss Shelnutt gives us another look at the coal mining industry in Colorado. In a journey that wanders through the years and memories of the men who built the industry we learn how things changed as the government enacted more an more regulations. She takes us through the quagmire of regulation and the fights to increase rates to keep up with the costs of those changes. Like all of her visceral histories this is told from the heart of men who love the life of coal miners. There is no griping about long hours and bad conditions, instead they relish in the idea of digging coal out of the ground so the rest of us can benefit from energy it produces.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Price We Pay March 2 2012
By Jeff Howe - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read several of Linda Shelnutt's works, I have come to the conclusion that she is an eccentric writer. Even within her more focused works such as those she categorizes as her Visceral Histories, her ever-so-present, free-flowing stream of consciousness makes it way into the narrative. After spending some time trying to fit The Price of Black Diamonds into a specific framework of reference, I found myself frustrated by the attempt. It's not a story, yet it is. It's not an interview, yet it is. It's not a commentary, yet it is. It comes as no surprise to me that some do not take to her writing as it doesn't always fit neatly into a reader's expectations.

Yet, that may really say something more of us as readers than it does of her as a writer. Linda writes well. Her command of the language is superb. She knows how to craft her thought patterns into something that is unique, informative and complexly simple.

Linda Shelnutt really shines when she starts conversing about coal mines and the people who burrow deeply into them in search of energy and living. And when I say "conversing", that is really how I have learned to approach her work - as if she is conversing with me. She wields informational statistics as if they were a sharpened sword, something to cleave entrenched notions of what really transpires when a company decides it would like to probe into the earth for the valuable commodity known as coal.

But she doesn't just assail with cold numbers. Shelnutt also presents the lives of the owners and workers of those companies who grow more stymied every year by a government and environmental religion run amok. These are real people running and working these coal mines, not a bunch of faceless, corporate drones or robotic bureaucrats, and Linda gives us their faces, their voices, their dreams.

If you have ever wondered about coal mining in America, then you should read Linda Shelnutt's series about it. In addition to The Price of Black Diamonds, there's also Coal & Coca Cola: Small Town USA 1949, Coal Dust In Their Hands: Last Days of Production at Energy Fuels Mine, The Last Lunch Box, and Dark Diamond Twilight: Last Coal Load Out from Energy Fuels.

When you read these, expect to hear Linda's voice conversing with you about this much maligned industry and what it really means to our country.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE TIMELY THAN EVER Jan. 22 2012
By John W. Cassell - Published on Amazon.com
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At present, America supplies 35% of the world's coal. The people in power have vowed to put an end to that, as well as its availability to the American people as a reasonably priced source of heat and light.

Using the dramatic impact of the near death of mining in Colorado as the backdrop, author Linda G. Shelnutt acquaints readers with the issues and personalities surrounding the mining of coal. She is uniquely qualified to do so, being married to a line worker in the coal industry as well as having impressive credentials as both a creative writer and commentator on energy issues.

The story edifies and educates as the author takes the reader behind the scenes for a glimpse of both present and future issues facing what has been a vital American industry since the dawn of the Industrial Age. There is an undeniable sense of heartache as the author makes the reader see how an entire skilled trade is being executed by ignorant, self-serving politicians. How she or the men she writes about can still talk as if America is the Land of Opportunity is a tribute to their patriotism and perhaps their blind HOPE for the future.

Through the author's biting wit and eloquent advocacy we helplessly watch as these willing workers whose labors have kept us reading and warm since the Declaration of Independence are actually being pushed into the breadlines by these gangster politicians.

With the current administration heading toward likely re-election, it is more important than ever that the American people learn what is happening to this vital resource and the men who claim it for us.

Additional works by this author on coal and its importance to America are quickly found in this author's bibliography. ALL are worth reading.... while there is still time....

FIVE STARS for dramatic literary appeal and educational value.
John W. Cassell
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BOOK, SAME AUTHOR, ANOTHER 1 STAR Aug. 4 2012
By Prin - Published on Amazon.com
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I HAVE READ A COUPLE PIECES BY THIS AUTHOR HOPEING I WOULD FIND SOMETHING THAT WAS WORTH SOMETHING TO ME. BUT ONCE AGAIN I FOUND THIS TO BE NOT TO MY STYLE AND HAS NO APPEAL TO ME. GO AHEAD AND BLAST ME FOR MY 1 STAR BUT REMEMBER THIS IS MY REVIEW AND MY OPINION. YOU MAY FIND HER STYLE WONDERFUL AND READ EVERYTHING SHE WRITES BUT THIS IS IT FOR ME. THE BOOKS ARE CHEAP AND CHEAP IS STILL TOO MUCH. I GUESS THE REAL PROBLEM IS THERE IS TOO MUCH OF THE AUTHOR AND NOT ENOUGH OF THE PEOPLE SHE INTERVIEWS.

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