Welcome to the Appalachian Book Company   
 

Our secure web pages are hosted by Chrislands Inc, who use a Thawte SSL Certificate to ensure secure transmission of your information.
Fully Trusted SSL Certificate
 
Browse By Category
Appalachian Culture
Biographies, Memoirs
CDs - Music
Civil War
Coal
Cooking & Food
DVDs
Environmentalism
Fiction
Hatfields and McCoys
Health & Medicine
Humor
Labor
Music
Nature & Outdoors
Poetry
Politics
Sports
Travel
West Virginia History
 
Quick Search

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
 
 
 
 
Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won, Gerald Stern

Author Name    Gerald Stern

Title   Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won

    Paperback, 282 pages

ISBN Number    0307388492 / 9780307388490

   9

One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25-foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history: 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1000 were injured, and over 4000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by Gerald M. Stern, who as a young lawyer took on the case and won.

"A straightforward, suspenseful, and completely absorbing tale that will leave you cheering at the end." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Jerry Stern's classic work provides readers with tremendous insight into the causes of the disaster. . . . It is powerful, troubling, and uplifting." -From the foreword by President Bill Clinton

"A shocking, timely book." -The New York Times Book Review "A fascinating tale of how investigative lawyers work, intermingled with sympathetic portraits of the survivors of the disaster." -Chicago Tribune "Fascinating reading. . . . An inside look at a history-making case." -The Boston Globe

Price = 14.95 USD


Related Items
Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death, Dennis Deitz and Carlene Mowery
Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death
Dennis Deitz and Carlene Mowery

Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death, Dennis Deitz and Carlene Mowery
Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death
Dennis Deitz and Carlene Mowery

Feuding Hatfields and McCoys, Coleman C. Hatfield and Keith Davis
Feuding Hatfields and McCoys
Coleman C. Hatfield and Keith Davis

Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia, David H. Sutton
Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia
David H. Sutton

Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia: Embracing the Life of Jesse Hughes and other Scouts of the Great Woods of the Trans-Allegheny, Lucullus Virgil McWhorter
Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia: Embracing the Life of Jesse Hughes and other Scouts of the Great Woods of the Trans-Allegheny
Lucullus Virgil McWhorter

Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars, Joseph Doddrige
Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars
Joseph Doddrige

Chronicles of Border Warfare, Alexander Scott Withers
Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers

Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles, Mary Rodd Furbee
Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles
Mary Rodd Furbee

Life and Times of Ann Bailey: Heroine of the Greater Kanawha Valley
Life and Times of Ann Bailey: Heroine of the Greater Kanawha Valley

Princess Aracoma and the Settling of West Virginia, G.T. Swain
Princess Aracoma and the Settling of West Virginia
G.T. Swain



Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to appalachianbookco@gmail.com
Copyright©2017. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie