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

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The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice...

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book that fully explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

Title:The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Edition Language:English
ISBN:149264935X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Nov 04, 2016

    I'm going to try and not cry while writing this review. I actually read this one back at the beginning of October, but I was too emotional to write a review straight away and have avoided it since. So...

  • Cheri
    Jan 21, 2017

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!4.5 Stars rounded upI wanted to showcase their shining spirits in a book that would tell their story – not just the story of the famous professionals who had helped them.I aimed ...

  • Pouting Always
    Apr 26, 2017

    I saw a lot of positive reviews for this one so I really wanted to read it and I'm glad I did. During the beginning of the twentieth century radioactive elements were newly discovered and many were ex...

  • Carol
    May 31, 2017

    Whew! What a gut-wrenching read...and fight...for truth and justice!We start with a short eerie prologue from 1901, and soon see the chilling....never to be forgotten phrase: Lip...Dip...Paint - - - S...

  • Diane S ?
    May 16, 2017

    What seemed like a fun, good paying job, especially for the times turns into an epic nightmare of pain and suffering for the girls who worked with radium, hand painting dials. My eldest granddaughter ...

  • Brenda
    Jun 04, 2017

    Kate Moore’s well-researched true story tells us of the lives of the “shining girls” condersided the luckiest girls alive to have found the most coveted jobs using the “wonder” substance rad...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Apr 21, 2017

    Update!!! Interview with the author can now be found here: http://avalinahsbooks.space/interview...They were called The Girls With Radioactive Bones. There were newspaper headlines such as ' Living...

  • Erin
    May 15, 2017

    All the stars for this well researched nonfiction that is just infused with emotion. Kate Moore writes in such a manner that I quickly became immersed in the stories of the American women in the 1920'...

  • Vicki
    Feb 26, 2017

    I had never heard of the radium girls I had seen the glowing green dials of clocks when I was a girl. We had a Westclox alarm clock in my room. The glow at night allows us to know when we could sleep ...

  • Jill Croce-McGill
    Apr 10, 2017

    "I wanted to showcase their shining spirits in a book that would tell their story – not just the story of the famous professionals who had helped them."The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is a powerful a...