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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 2 mag 2017

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5.0 su 5 stelle A book that reached my soul, and gets a "glowing" review 19 marzo 2017
Di S. J. K. Haley - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Recensione Vine di un prodotto gratuito ( Cos'è? )
I received the book yesterday, opened the envelope and simply could not put it down. In the vein of Rebecca Skloot's best selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Radium Girls author Kate Moore writes passionately about the "Radium Girls", young women exposed to one of the deadliest elements known to mankind, and how their employers purposely led them to use their lips to "point" the paint brush tips to keep them sharp while painting watch, clock, and dial faces. Despite safer methods overseas it is this "dip, lip and paint" method used almost exclusively in the U.S. production plants, and led to horrific health problems from dental decay, bone cancer and other types of cancers and infections in the women employed in the studios. Yet, as the first wave of women's bodies bgin to dissolve, causing them horrific pain, and puzzling American doctors and dentists who had never seen this type of body breakdown, the companies insisted that their "girls" had nothing to fear, keep up the pace and use the mandating pointing the brush on their lips. Where this book veers from Rebecca Skloot's book on Henrietta Lacks is that the author is not involved dirctly with the families of the Radium Girls, and there are no break out chapters on the science behind this tragic catastrophe, which, according to the author's forward has been written about by other authors. Instead the satisfaction and good in Moore's book comes equisite telling of the harrowing tales of women, in the prime of life, slowly enduring the disintegration of their bodies as the radium they have ingested eats away at them from the inside out. Though grisly at times, the reader finds themselves wanting justice for these women as they try to stay alive long enough to see that the companies responsible for their industrial diseases and deaths pay up for the misery caused to the girls, to their families and friends and to prevent this from happening again. This book also is a reminder that business and industry, left to its own self-policing and safety for its employees and their families, cannot be trusted to always do the right thing. In this case, the enticement of high profits in cold hard greenbacks led to unsafe practices and cover ups leading these girls to glow radioactive green themselves, as their clothing, their hair, their skin, their lungs and their bones were coated in radium dust, and their lips, teeth, tongues, throats, nasal passages, guts - all of them were subjected to the passive ravages of radium poisoning. Moore's writing is good, lean and smooth. My understanding is that this book was first published in the UK last year, and is now being released in the U.S., and in some places, its shows as Moore's references to "Boxing Day", etc., may throw readers a curve. I recommend this book, amd in no uncertain terms tell you that you will be moved by their stories, and shocked by what business expected them to endure silently, and out of the companies range of vision. After reading it feel like we've all lost something with the death of each of the Radium Girls, who spuld not have died in. Vein amd desrve long overdie recognition.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Lost Girls Rediscovered. 5 aprile 2017
Di John D. Cofield - Pubblicato su
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In the early twentieth century one of the best jobs young girls and women in America could have involved something exciting and brand new: radium. Sparkling, glowing, and beautiful, radium was also, according to the companies that employed these young women, completely harmless. A century later the truth about radium and its assorted isotopes is all too well known. In The Radium Girls Kate Moore tells the story of these young women, seemingly so fortunate, who were poisoned by the jobs they felt so lucky to have.

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.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Inspiring story of young women 21 marzo 2017
Di Joel Holtz - Pubblicato su
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Truly a fascinating and heroic story about the young women who worked in radium-dial factories in the early 20th century. Radium, discovered in 1898, became the integral element in producing watch dials and other necessary equipment during World War 1. The young women, mostly teenagers, made on average 1.5 cents per dial. Some of the most talented made over $2000 a year though, or roughly $40,000 in today's money.

What they didn't realize at the time was that they were slowly and methodically being poisoned by radium. The radium-dial factories denied all responsibility, and the book does an excellent job of chronicling the fight for justice. The women were at one point furnished with lead-lined aprons, but it didn't help.

The background of the young women is described in great detail, and you get the sense reading THE RADIUM GIRLS that most of them thought they had the best job in the world. Katherine Schaub and Grace Fryer are just two of the heroines of the book.

One interesting footnote to the story is that in 2008 a young student doing some research discovered that the young ladies didn't have any kind of statue or monument built in their honor and decided to do something about it. After some fundraising, a bronze monument finally was built in 2011 to honor the memory of all those young ladies who lost their lives to radium poisoning.

A riveting read, along with some graphic pictures. But well worth the effort.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Well-Researched, Readable Love Letter To The Radium Dial Painters 12 aprile 2017
Di Kayla Rigney - Pubblicato su
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The Radium Girls is the single most important book about the Radium Dial Painting industry, because it speaks overwhelmingly in the voices of the Dial Painters themselves. Taken from contemporary newspaper accounts, interviews, and statements, a picture of the industry of glowing death comes to light.

*The Radium Girls* tells the story of young women in the workforce – often daughters of immigrants who had to leave school to help support their families. Dial painting was a job that didn’t require an education or a diploma – girls as young as 14 were on the job. They were taught to paint the dials using a technique from the china painting industry called “lip pointing.” Brushes were “pointed” between their lips to get a fine line. And those brushes were loaded with Radium-based paint. The girls were hard workers and many of them loved their jobs – and the prestige that came with working with Radium. Dial Painters made good money; and they dressed well and had nice things. If they had a date after work, they wore their “best” to their job, so that they would glow, too. Ms. Moore quotes contemporary newspaper stories about how the Dial Painters literally shone in the dark as they walked home from work in Orange, New Jersey. They glimmered like angels in the night; they glowed like the dials they painted with Radium.

When they got married, they often quit and moved on. The former Dial Radium Painters went on to have families and didn’t give their old jobs a second thought – until their jaws began to disintegrate and tumors began to appear... Soon, these very young women were dying and fighting hard to be heard during the nascent years of the study of Industrial Health. During World War I, the doctors weren’t sure what was poisoning the painters; and the dial industry wasn’t telling. Dial Painters were libeled and accused of having venereal diseases. It wasn’t until they died and their bones fogged film that proof began to take shape. The lawsuits dragged on and on. And the Radium Girls continued to paint dials for use on watches and clocks and dials at hone and abroad. They continued to glow, even as America laughed along with Carole Lombard playing "dying" Dial Painter Hazel in Nothing Sacred.

This well-researched, readable book tells the story of mostly young women who worked in the “glamorous” dial painting industry. It weaves the story of generations of Dial Painters in their own words. They were young women working in a young industry. They lived and died in Orange, New Jersey, and Ottawa, Illinois. Newspaper readers would come to know them by names like the Living Dead and the Legion of the Damned. Between the Wars, they went to court and testified for their dying friends. And during WWI and WWII, these patriotic women painted glow-in-the- dark dials for our planes; and they worked on other, secret, projects, too. Yet, by the 1960s, the Radium Dial Painters were mostly forgotten, except by feminists and those in the field of Industrial Health. (And my mother, who told me the story of Radium Dial Painters, when I was four years old.)

In the 1987 film* Radium City,* I heard the formidable of Radium Dial Painter Marie Rossiter. Her voice was the only Dial Painter my generation of women heard. Thanks to Kate Moore’s *The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, * Marie’s voice is joined by so many others. The Radium Girls stand together through space and time, and finally tell their truth.

Kate Moore's book is nothing less than a love letter to Radium Dial Painters - her Words shine light on "girls" who shimmered in the night as they walked Home...
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5.0 su 5 stelle Yesterday radium, today climate change 8 aprile 2017
Di Phelps Gates - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Recensione Vine di un prodotto gratuito ( Cos'è? )
A remarkable story about corporate malfeasance. Even though the harm from painting radium dials (with brushes moistened in the mouth!) had been recognized for years, the radium companies fought tooth and nail in the courts to try to prevent the victims from getting even a pittance of compensation,while they themselves made millions (and claimed that radiium was actually beneficial). The emphasis in the book is less on the scientific and historical details than on the experiences of the women themselves, as they endured painful and disfiguring lifetime effects, often resulting in death. A book that is often painful to read. The only shortcoming was that I sometimes found myself losing track of who was who and what the status of their case was at each point; the book could have included (for example) a brief update in each chapter as it jumped between the various venues. It's hard to read this today without being constantly reminded of similar cases over the years... from a few hundred radium painters to millions of smokers, and now the health of the entire planet, at the mercy of climate change denial. What next?