"King Coal" is based on the 1914 and 1915 coal strikes and follows Hal Warner, a rich man who wanted a look into commoners' lives. What he found there was abhorrent -- thus begins the tale of unionization and the advocacy workers' rights. Unionization, however, is easier spoken of than it is accomplished. It was a dangerous task -- for the leaders of the coal mines were hardened men, men who would not stop at petty threats and minor violence.
King Coal: a Novel
A brilliant combination of thrilling adventure and critical social commentary, the odyssey of Hal Warner(or should I saw Joe Smith?) is yet another genius tale from the mind of Upton Sinclair.