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The people vs. the coal baron moves to a fall court date

Posted: June 29, 2015 | Tags: coal, courts

Illustration by Sydney Ling

I'm a fan of profiles, and reading "The People vs. the Coal Baron," which details Don Blankenship's complex personality, is yet another reason why. The New York Times story by David Segal is a fascinating portrait of Blankenship's rise from an impoverished childhood to success as an accounting major in college, then his climb from an office-manager position to CEO of Massey.

His leadership role was marked by an autocratic, uncaring style, said many former employees; even safety programs were tied to saving money. Yet Segal found others who saw a competent manager ...

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