`Thunder on the Mountain:’ Friday Bookshelf

In this week’s installment of Friday Bookshelf I talk about Thunder on the Mountain, Peter A. Galuszka’s book about the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster in 2010. Coming just 15 days before the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, the mine’s collapse killed 29 workers, one of the worst mining disasters in modern times, and raised serious questions about mine safety.

The book is an expose of corporate greed that manifests itself in an unabashed disregard for safety and human life. At the same time, Galuszka’s reporting and his perspective as a native of West Virginia help the reader understand the economic benefits mining brings to the region.


About The Author

Loren Steffy is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. His column appears in on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He is also the author of "Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit," and "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship."