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King Coal: Miners, Coal and Britain's Industrial Future (Pelican) [Paperback]

Tony Hall
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (29 Oct 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140222537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140222531
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good short history of mining. 28 Dec 2012
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Tony Hall might be the last person one would have chosen to have written this book but I have never read a better, more succinct or perspicacious history of any subject. In am the son, grandson and great grandson of miners and I cannot express what it is like better than this son of a bank manager.

The truly fascinating thing about the book is the timing, written between the Thatcher climbdown of 1981 and her destruction of mining in 1984. It virtually proves that everything Scargill claimed was true and that Thatcher cared not for the UK or the people of the UK.

This is an amazingly prophetic condemnation of how things work in the UK by one of the establishment who just happens to have a mind of his own, and a damned good one at that.
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