Money, Conflict, Power: Author Irwin Sagenkahn shares a Man's Winding Road to Corruption

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Novel explores the long-term effects of success

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'Coal Dust Is White' draws attention to many ills in today's society. I hope to shed light on some of those issues and motivate the reader to take a critical look at his or her own life and choices.

Are money and power the roots of all evil? According to author Irwin Sagenkahn, they are a step in that direction.

With his new book, ‘Coal Dust Is White’, Sagenkahn tells the story of two Welsh mining families and the challenges and obstacles they face along the way. The story centers on George, a young, ambitious womanizer who marries into wealth and gains power. Through his sudden change in status, George is changed and finds himself dealing with the corruption and temptation that wealth and power bring.

“John Dalberg-Acton said ‘Absolutely power corrupts absolutely,’” says Sagenkahn. “Through George’s experiences, the reader sees the effects wealth and power have on him – and what kind of person he becomes.”

Drawing on his own life observations, Sagenkahn uses the narrative to address issues such as laziness, sexuality, alcoholism and parenting. He urges readers to be resilient, face life challenges with bravery and continue along your way.

“’Coal Dust Is White’ draws attention to many ills in today’s society,” says Sagenkahn. “I hope to shed light on some of those issues and motivate the reader to take a critical look at his or her own life and choices.”

According to Sagenkahn, we all face issues in our lives, however it is our response to those challenges, rather than the challenges themselves, that define who we are.

‘Coal Dust Is White’
By Irwin Sagenkahn
ISBN: 978-1-4582-0573-5
Paperback: $18.99
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About the author
Born in the hard coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania, Irwin Sagenkahn has based much of ‘Coal Dust Is White’ on his own experiences. While he runs an accounting practice, he has also published several articles from his research into his family’s genealogy. Married for almost sixty years, he has three children and lives in Pennsylvania. ‘Coal Dust Is White’ is his first novel.

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