- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster Ltd (31. Mai 2018)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1471153886
- ISBN-13: 978-1471153884
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,9 x 19,8 cm
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The Radium Girls: They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice. (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Mai 2018
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`Kate Moore's gripping narrative about the betrayal of the radium girls - gracefully told and exhaustively researched - makes this a non-fiction classic. Moore's compassion for her subjects and her story-telling prowess . . . bring alive a shameful era in America's industrial history.' -- Rinker Buck, author of The Oregon Trail `Kate Moore's The Radium Girls tells the story of a cohort of women who made history by entering the workforce at the dawn of a new scientific era . . . Moore sheds new light on a dark chapter in American labour history; the radium girls . . . live again in her telling.' -- Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author `Moore's harrowing but humane story describes the struggle of a few brave women who took their case to court in a fight for justice that is still resonant today.' * Saga * `Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths.' * Publishers Weekly * `A perfect blend of the historical, the scientific and the personal, this richly detailed book sheds a whole new light on this unique element and the role it played in changing workers' rights. The Radium Girls makes it impossible for you to ignore these women's incredible stories, and proves why now, more than ever, we can't afford to ignore science, either.' * Bustle * `Heartbreaking . . . what this book illustrates brilliantly is that battling for justice against big corporations isn't easy.' * BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour * `Fascinating yet tragic.' * The Sun * `Kate Moore . . . writes with a sense of drama that carries one through the serpentine twists and turns of this tragic but ultimately uplifting story.' * The Spectator * `Heartfelt.' * Sunday Telegraph * `Thrilling and carefully crafted.' * Mail on Sunday * `This fascinating social history - one that significantly reflects on the class and gender of those involved - [is] Catherine Cookson meets Mad Men . . . The importance of the brave and blighted dial-painters cannot be overstated.' * Sunday Times * 'Kate Moore's new book will move, shock and anger you.' * The Big Issue *
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Kate Moore is a Sunday Times bestselling writer with more than a decade's experience in writing across varying genres, including memoir and biography and history. She was the director of the critically acclaimed play about The Radium Girls called 'These Shining Lives'.
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Kate Moore beleuchtet in ihrem Buch die Geschichte der „Radium Girls“ von deren Anfängen 1917 bis in die späten 30er Jahre. Dabei wählt sie eine Mischung aus romanartiger Erzählung und faktenbasiertem Sachbuch. Im Anhang findet sich eine Literaturliste, allerdings keine Fußnoten. Die (englische) Sprache ist gut lesbar und ohne besondere Anstrengungen (Kenntnis bestimmter feststehender Ausdrücke, technischer Fachwörter oder Slangs) verständlich.
Insgesamt ein gut lesbares und informatives Buch, das den Leser irgendwo zwischen Unverständnis, Wut und Traurigkeit zurücklässt.
Radium Girls was a fascinating read. While it was horrifying at times, it made me really angry at times, it was interesting. Because I don't think that things have changed that much. Sure you have more protections as a worker, but corporations can be just as corrupt. They just have other ways of going about it.
This is the story of the girls who worked for a radium watch dial factory. Who would dip their paintbrushes in the radium paint, but it in their mouth to point it, then paint on the dial. Many many times a day. They were told it was perfectly safe, the radium is actually good for you! But that was the thinking at the time, which looking at it from now and everything we know is crazy! And made me cringe every time they said they put the radium paint in their mouth. They ate with the dust of it all over the place. How they glowed when they left work and no amount of scrubbing would get rid of it. Oh, those poor women. And the company they worked for? Even when they knew beyond a doubt that the radium was making them sick, killing them, did they do anything? No. They didn't have to. They were vile, reprehensible, but like I said above I think a lot of companies still are. They will pay lobbyists and government to make it so they can do what they want. Look at the beef and dairy industry for prime examples. How about slaughterhouses? They are terrible places to work because of safety issues and the like, but the companies get away with it. So although these women helped worker's rights move forward, it didn't eliminate the problem of greedy corporations not treating employees right.
The struggles these women went through I can't imagine. Living like they did, the pain and suffering the endured, I can't image. I don't know if I would have been as strong as some of them were. To fight with everything they had to try and change things. I really admire that about them. I found the whole thing fascinating. Their stories, before they worked there, working there, after, all of it. One of the best non--fiction books I have read. And everything these women helped us with, helped science with even after they died, is incredible. Unfortunate what happened to them, but at least they got to help others. Which is what some of them wanted in the end after they found out what happened. Really a great read that I highly recommend.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
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Radium was widely heralded as a wondrous new substance after it was first isolated by the Curies. It appeared to have an infinite number of uses, one of the first of which was to make the numbers on clocks and watches easier to see. Workers were needed to coat the dials with radium paint, and the best and most efficient workers were women and girls, some as young as 14 or 15. The work was pleasant and sociable: the women sat around tables painting, moistening the thin brushes in their mouths before they dipped them into the paint, chatting, eating, and drinking while they worked, sometimes taking extra paint home with them to practice with, sometimes painting their teeth, faces, hair, and clothing to make them sparkly. When they left the studio their clothing would be covered with radium dust, and would glow ghost-like in the night. The pay was good and the work was easy, but then some of the women started having strange pains in their mouths and bones. Their teeth would loosen and fall out and their jaws, legs, and ankles would develop permanent aches or even crumble.
After some of the women died and more became ill the companies making large profits on radium rushed to dismiss any hint that the work was unsafe. Victims and their families sought relief and assistance, but found they were responsible for their own mounting medical bills. The federal, state, and local governments all disavowed any responsibility. Eventually publicity stemming from lawsuits filed by some of the victims (using their own scanty resources) focused enough attention on the problem that governments felt compelled to set safety standards and regulations.
The Radium Girls is a horrifying read. The careless ways in which radium was handled, the indifference of the radium using industries and the governments involved to the safety of the women painters (in contrast to the men who worked to produce the radium, who were protected by lead shields), and the pain and suffering of the women themselves are appalling. The safety regulations and restrictions which were finally put into place hardly seem adequate, and the Epilogue and Postscript giving details of the women's later lives, as well as an account of another industry that made careless use of radium as late as the 1970s, are especially harrowing.
This is a well written, meticulously research and documented, account of tragedies that never should have been. The radium girls' lives can't be returned to them, but thanks to Kate Moore we can remember, and learn, from their pain.
This book is excellent and gives amazing historical background pertaining to the inauguration of workers compensation, liability, and medical advancements. It is definitely a very emotional charged book. I would highly recommend this book.