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    The Radium Girls

    I could not put this book down. What an amazing group of woman. Their story is told with dignity but no details of the horrors they endured were spared. I felt like they were here with us now and wanted to be their friend. It is unbelievable the company's greed and total inhumanity towards these young women. Their story will stay with for a very long time. It is a definite must read book.
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    Incredible - Must Read!

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. It’s not very often th31409135at I hand out 5 stars, but this book deserves every single one. The Radium Girls are the young women exposed to radium while painting luminescent numbers on clock faces. Little did they know that they were being poisoned using their lip/dip/paint technique. Using their lips to create a fine point in the paint brush hairs, they were ingesting minute amounts of radium. The author said “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.” She did so by creating a powerful story told from the women’s perspective, and she did a wonderful job of researching, piecing together diaries, letters and interviews into a heartbreaking tale of inner strength, courage and friendship. Once the women began to become ill, they stood by each other and worried more about each other than themselves. What made it all the more poignant was that they were so young, just getting married and having children, when their radium poisoning symptoms started. I cannot imagine living with the immense pain these women endured. Just as powerful is the injustice of the men who thought so little of these women. They encouraged the women to continue their dangerous work by lying to them and telling them it was safe work, even good for them. Even after their teeth started to fall out, their jawbones were removed, sarcomas appeared, brittle bones broke easily, and women were dying. How did they live with themselves? Their greed made them lie to these women and do everything in their power to ensure they wouldn’t be compensated a dime. Yet these women found strength in numbers and stood up to their previous employer and the company’s doctors and lawyers. They stood together to fight for justice, and did it for each other. These are women I would have loved to have known. This is an incredible tale, and I can’t given it any higher recommendation!
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    The truth hurts

    historical-research, historical-places-events, pathology, greed This book was a heartbreaking read. The clarity of descriptions of the destruction of their bodies and their lives gives testimony to the greed of the employers as well as the short sightedness of the purveyors who touted the health benefits of such products as radium water. And the girls themselves were unable to believe that having their clothes and bodies glow in the dark was anything but a bit of fun. I do wonder if anyone outside of the paramedical professions can see modern parallels. The writing is absorbing and one keeps hoping that something will ease their suffering. But we know better. When they finally find legal support, they still have to fight hard and suffer more humiliation. Their story needs to be remembered in its entirety, not only to grant them the dignity they were denied in life, but to serve as a warning to the future. I was provided with a free ARC at my request courtesy of NetGalley.
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    MUST READ! Heroic Women

    This true story is an incredible eye-opener about how businesses concealed the dangers of the luminous paint used on dials for watches, etc. The victims are the dial painters - all women, many still in their mid-teens, and they will suffer horrendously from radium, the radioactive substance in the paint that will eat away their bones and erupt in sarcomas. These young healthy women are told radium's harmless, that it's good for them, but why are they beginning to sicken and die? The women who suffered and fought for the truth to be known about radium poisoning are heroic. Their service to humanity in general is priceless: they paid with their lives. It's very frightening that shady business practices to secure the profit margin exist today and continue to sicken and kill people. Read The Radium Girls! It will make you think about truth and justice!
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    A MUST READ that will linger long after reading

    I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from NetGalley. The Radium Girls is so brilliantly awful that it is a must read for everyone, regardless of your preferences in genre. This is the story of the outright murder of young women in the pursuit of profit. Despite mountains of evidence proving that radium is a dangerous substance, young women were told it was safe to paint watch dials with it with no protection at all. The workers are even tested for radiation poisoning, with their results sorted by those most likely to die first, yet the women are not informed of these test results. In one of the most memorable scenes painted, a young worker even licks the brush she uses to paint radium onto watch dials to increase her accuracy as instructed! The crime itself is so shocking that if the author gets a little too passionate in the hard sell of the disgusting callousness of the corporate executioners of these workers at times, it is easy to forgive her. This book is a haunting account of the price these women paid for corporate greed and a shocking account of the depths of depravity humans are capable of sinking to in pursuit of the almighty dollar. It is a book that should linger long after reading it as a powerful reminder to humanity of what can so easily happen again if we relax our guard in this era of willful abandon of regulation designed to protect us from such depravity, deceit and greed. BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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