The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

By Kate Moore
Read by Angela Brazil

15.63 Hours 10/06/2016 unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781471162275

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s undark danger The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive―until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early twentieth century—and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come. Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations and research into nuclear bombing and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

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Summary

Summary

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017

USA Today bestseller

Wall Street Journal bestseller

A 2018 RUSA Notable Book in Nonfiction

A May 2017 LibraryReads Pick

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s undark danger

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive―until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early twentieth century—and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations and research into nuclear bombing and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Moore’s text is riveting. The narration by Angela Brazil is of the highest quality, pulling listeners into the story.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
“Narrator Angela Brazil has a lively, clear voice, excellent diction, and a great sense of pacing. She maintains her energy throughout this impressive history.” AudioFile
“Moore sheds new light on a dark chapter in American labor history; the ‘radium girls,’ martyrs to an unholy alliance of commerce and science, live again in her telling.” Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
"[A] fascinating social history—one that significantly reflects on the class and gender of those involved.” Sunday Times (London)
“Kate Moore…writes with a sense of drama that carries one through the serpentine twists and turns of this tragic but ultimately uplifting story. She sees the trees for the wood: always at the center of her narrative are the individual dial painters, so the list of their names at the start of the book becomes a register of familiar, endearing ghosts.” Spectator (London)
“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.” Bustle
“The story of real women at the mercy of businesses who see them only as a potential risk to the bottom line is haunting precisely because of how little has changed.” NPR
“This timely book celebrates the strength of a group of women, whose determination to fight improved both labor laws and scientific knowledge of radium poisoning.” Booklist (starred review)
“Moore’s well-researched narrative is written with clarity and a sympathetic voice that brings these figures and their struggles to life.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Their incredible story, beautifully told by Kate Moore, is sure to incite equal parts compassion and horror in the reader.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Kate Moore

Kate Moore is a bestselling writer with more than a decade’s experience writing and ghost-writing across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. In 2015 she directed a critically acclaimed play about the radium girls called These Shining Lives.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English