The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore Book Summary

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."—NPR Books 

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 20th 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, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

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- Read it.5 star

I was horror stricken from almost the first page. The description of radium as "life-saving," the explanations of how rich people (for only they could afford it) would drink it for their health, the visuals drawn of the work room where the girls worked, with radium drifting through the air, "settling on their shoulders," making them gleam as they walked home in the dark, and then the actual description of their work...putting the brushes, as they were instructed, in their mouths. I could not help but remember when my elementary school teacher read portions of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle"out loud to our class, and how horrified we were then. This was so much worse. Even more so, since I know we owned a couple of the clocks these girls had worked on...the Baby Bens that took their lives. Read it. If only to remember them, and never let corporations get away with this kind of intentional murder again.

- What a scary read5 star

One of the most disturbing books to read on dip, lip, and paint, to put radium on the watch dials to glow at night, and no wonder these women died such gruesome and hideous deaths!! And what their families had to endure in trying to get help and sue for medical bills and pay for funerals. A must read!!

- Speechless5 star

Wow. Wow. Wow. I am not one to read about non-fiction things like this, but I could not put this book down. The way this book is written is insanely captivating. I experienced so many emotions while reading, it left me speechless, I was horrified, sickened, angered, saddened, and more. Anger. I even cried at some points. This is a story worth hearing, reading, knowing. READ THIS BOOK.

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One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

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