This is a fascinating memoir of a key figure in the coal industry and its unionization in Illinois and beyond; by C.H.(Hank) Mayer. A warts and all history. The pages were hand typed by his assistant, and underlines done with a ruler. Awesome. No copies on amazon/google books, but if you look copies are around. This author later moved back to the land, 1950's VT.
I am no expert on Scott Nearing but have read The Good Life, and it is another good read -for anyone interested in homesteading or the history of southern Vermont in the 40s-60s just before the ski areas arrived.