Title: Radium Girls, The
Authors: Moore, Kate
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 466
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: When Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium in 1898, it was promoted as a miraculous cure-all. For the young American women who worked with it as 'dial-painters' during WWI, it afforded them a glamorous and much-envied job, until it became apparent it was poisoning them. The battle they had on their hands was both for their own health and against the United States Radium Corporation, deniers of radium's risks and their responsibility to their employees.

Harrowing yet inspiring, this extensively-researched expose of courage and sacrifice versus corporate greed and dishonesty, delivers an engrossing story of a ground-breaking victory for workers' rights.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"While the story is heart-breakingly sad, I also found it a privilege to read the women's stories. Highly recommended."

"At times the book is harrowing, yet it is also uplifting."

"A sad story, but the book is very well-written and very, very interesting."

"A very uplifting story. It is a great reminder of how far we have come with regards to medical research and the way we treat employees."

"I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys non-fiction and can cope with sadness. It's a real eye-opener."

"I generally don't like biographies where the author says what people said and thought, but the appendices show that the author did the research necessary to gain knowledge of what was said and thought."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Environmental, Historical, Human Rights, Inspirational, Morals/Ethics, America, 2019 Titles


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