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Storming Heaven

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Annadel, West Virginia, was a small town rich in coal, farms, and close-knit families, all destroyed when the coal company came in. It stole everything it hadn't bothered to buy - land deeds, private homes, and ultimately, the souls of its men and women. 

Four people tell this powerful, deeply moving tale: Activist Mayor C. J. Marcum. Fierce, loveless union man Rondal Lloyd. Gutsy nurse Carrie Bishop, who loved Rondal. And lonely Sicilian immigrant Rosa Angelelli, who lost four sons to the deadly mines. 

They all bear witness to nearly forgotten events of history, culminating in the final, tragic Battle of Blair Mountain - when the United States Army greeted 10,000 unemployed pro-union miners with airplanes, bombs, and poison gas. It was the first crucial battle of a war that has yet to be won.

©1987 Denise Giardina (P)2019 Tantor

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UNION!!!!!

As a West Virginian with generations of family being coal miners and union organizers, I absolutely LOVED this book. I think it really stayed true to what coal miners, their families, and local residents went through when the detectives agencies and mine bosses took over. If you ever want to understand the heart of Appalachia, READ THIS BOOK.