The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls

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 g...


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TitleThe Radium Girls
ISBN9781492649359
Author
Release DateMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherSourcebooks
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Biography, Historical
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Reviews The Radium Girls

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2016-09-19
    Congratulations-winner of Best Historical & Biography 2017!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. Sometimes I have trouble with emotions; for many years I avoided some of the richest books with the highest quality stories because I simply was terrified of having to process the heavy feeling...
  • Cheri
    2017-01-21
    !! 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 to chart their journey: from the joy of their first lucrative paycheck, through the first aching tooth, to the courage each girl had to find inside herself in order to fight back against the employer who had poisoned her. I wanted to walk their routes...
  • Carol
    2017-05-31
    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 - - - Such frightening words!THE RADIUM GIRLS is a truly shocking non-fiction read about women in the 1920's who were hired to paint watch dials with a luminous and deadly substance. Young, naive and conscientious, the shining girls kept lip-dipping and pai...
  • Pouting Always
    2017-04-26
    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 excited about the possible curative uses for them. One of the elements radium was used to paint watch dials as well as in many beauty and health products marketed to the masses. When World War I broke out the production of radium painted clocks rose an...
  • Diane S ☔
    2017-05-16
    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 lived in Ottawa for a time and it is a town that is quaint, charming and has a great state park, Starved Rock, that we have gone to for years. I never knew about this factory nor anything about the history of these poor girls before this book. The au...
  • Lou
    2017-05-20
    I found this book very different from anything I've ever read previously. It evoked such emotion with the details it revealed throughout and was both highly readable and thrilling. These women deserve to be recognised for the huge sacrifices they made, all they asked was the same as most of us do now - a steady job with money coming in, yet, what they got turned into something else entirely. Kate Moore did exactly what she set out to do by writin...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    2017-04-21
    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 Dead' Win In Court' about them.And all that – almost a hundred years ago. I'm going to tell you a very painful, sad, but strong story of fighting for your rights, for justice, for your honor even. So let's start.If there was ever a time that I w...
  • Brenda
    2017-06-04
    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 radium to paint dials. We learn of their feelings of joy, excitement, and independence at having such glamorous jobs, to them becoming ill and their bodies starting to deteriorate and then some to their deaths. To others realizing their jobs are causing...
  • Erin
    2017-05-15
    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's and 1930's that were exposed to radium poisoning. What these women and their families went through to have the truth heard in the courts and in the country! I felt so furious at the company that refused for so long to admit their wrongdoing. Imagin...
  • Juli
    2017-11-02
    In the early 1900s Radium was a sensation. The Curie's discovery was touted as a cure-all, a miracle, a wonder. At the time, little was understood about the side effects of handling Radium, however. In an era when most jobs for women were low paying, young women lined up for positions painting clock faces with radium paint. The jobs were high paying and gave them status in their community. The clock faces glowed a radiant green in the dark, makin...
  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2017-09-28
    Onvan : The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Nevisande : Kate Moore - ISBN : 149264935X - ISBN13 : 9781492649359 - Dar 480 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017
  • Debra
    2017-05-02
    4.5 StarsImagine you have your first job. Imagine how proud you are. Or maybe it is not your first job, but it is a fun job where you get to socialize as long as you get your job done. A job that allows you to do something important for your country. Imagine you are helping your friends and sisters obtain a job as well. Imagine you work with a super cool substance which glows in the dark. A substance you believe is safe - your employer tells you ...
  • Vicki
    2017-02-26
    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 longer. I never knew that was radium making it glow. I also had no clue that girls, teenage girls had risked and lost their lives painting the numbers with a radium based paste to provide that glow. This well researched book tells of the women that f...
  • Liz
    2017-07-05
    Here's another nonfiction book that reads as quickly and easily as a mystery. After a quick prologue about the Curies, the book begins in earnest in 1917 at the watch dial painting factory. What first struck me was that these girls truly were girls, mostly in their teens. Schooling beyond the elementary grades wasn't something the working classes could afford. The book gives a great account not only of the limits of science, but also the limits a...
  • Barbara
    2017-10-05
    4.5 starsAs early as World War I 'glow in the dark' gauges and watch dials became vital to soldiers. These were manufactured by painting the faces of the devices with compounds containing the radioactive element radium. At the time, the dangers of fissionable elements was unknown, and - in fact - radium was touted as a boon to good looks and good health.After the war - in the 1920s - large factories sprang up to feed the growing demand for the ga...
  • Julie
    2017-05-11
    The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore is a 2017 Sourcebooks publication. “Luminous Processes, declared the local paper, seems to put profits before people.” ‘How quickly we forget.’Only the most hard -hearted among us could read this book without shedding tears. So be warned this book is not for the faint of heart and while the bravery of these young ladies is certainly inspirational, the anger and fr...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    2017-04-10
    "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 and heart-breaking story about young girls who worked in radium-dial painting factories in the early 1900's where they painted luminous dials on watches and clocks. At that time everyone was told radium was healthy, some would say a miracle, and they ...
  • Hirdesh
    2017-04-28
    4.5 Shining Stars.Glorious one as the Victory of The Radium Girls ! !Dip.......Lip........Paint.......Great Thanks for Netgalley and respective publisher.I had started late this book which led to Great book.However, starting was slow. But, What a great rhythm had picked by story.So many congratulations for Writer. Writing was different and highly enthusiastic , lovely piece of description by Author.Highly recommended to Genuine Readers.Emotions w...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    2016-11-10
    This somber story chronicles the lives of the Radium Girls, female factory workers exposed to large quantities of radium by the men who assured them that it was harmless. Trying to get the factory to take full responsibility, this women's fight for justice was wracked with scandal, denial and cover-ups, but it's ultimately a story of hope and power reclaimed.
  • Sarah
    2017-05-07
    I finished finally. This is one of those books you will always remember. This book is about how The Radium Girls revealed the danger of radiation. They actually glowed in the dark. During World War I and years after, women and girls worked in radium dial factories painting dials on to clocks, watches and airplane instruments. The paint got everywhere, in their hair, on their clothes, on their hands. And so they glowed !!!They were told that it wa...
  • Stephanie Anze
    2017-10-16
    "Dip... Lip... Paint"Those are the instructions given to the girls that started working in the Radium Lumnious Materials Corporation. The girls, some as young as fourteen, were in charge of painting dial numbers on watch faces and other products. Radium was hailed as miracle product and its luminocity stood out, quite literally. In the 1920's, this was the it job. It was glamorous. It payed well. It was even fun. It was also deadly. The girls did...
  • Dianne
    2018-01-15
    Un-be-frickin-lievable.......RTC.Sheesh.
  • Marchpane
    2017-04-15
    A heartbreaking account of the Radium Girls, young women afflicted by radiation exposure during the early 20th century. The book takes us into their workplaces, where they laughed and gossiped while painting watch dials with luminous, radium-based paint. At the time, radium was already known to be dangerous, at least in scientific circles. Somewhat paradoxically it was also touted as miracle cure-all, sold in tonics and expensive spa treatments.O...
  • Carolyn
    2017-04-30
    Although, as a scientist myself who has worked with radioisotopes, I had heard of the women workers who died as a result of painting radium on clock and instrument dials in the 1920s, I wasn't prepared for the sheer horror of the story that unfolds in this book. It wasn't just the naivety of the girls and their bosses with regard to the dangers of radium that shocked me but the way the corporations lied to the girls when the dangers were recognis...
  • Erin
    2017-10-24
    In the teens and 1920's one of the best jobs a young woman could get involved an exciting and new substance called Radium. Radium was a sparkling and glowing new wonder that was used in watches, clocks, weapons, and makeup. According to the companies that used it, Radium was completely harmless. They were lying and more importantly they knew it was deadly and worked for 40 years to cover it up. The Radium Girls is a horrifying and disturbing read...
  • Louise Wilson
    2017-04-08
    This is a true story about the young women who were exposed to radium and their struggle for justice.In the early 1900's, young women took jobs painting luminous dials on watches and clocks. They were paid handsomely for the opportunity to work with radium, a new methods that was all the rage. The girls needed a steady hand and at times, to make the brush they were using even finer, the girls had to put them in their mouths. Radium was everywhere...
  • ☮Karen
    2017-08-14
    I listened to this on audio, with speed turned up as the narrator was one of those slow talkers, and it's a long book! It's a good book too, very good story, heartbreaking, in fact. Teenage girls mostly, going to work in the factories during WWI and afterwards, painting radium on military dials and watches. Not much was known about radium at the time; some suspected it might be dangerous but there were also those who thought it a miracle cure-all...
  • Vivian
    2017-03-31
    Death sentences for corporate greed. I remember an old Westclox in the house when I was young. I was amazed at how the numerals glowed at night, how beautiful they were. It seemed like magic. Radioactivity is kind of magical and deadly.In the admirable process of humanizing the tragedy, the reader proceeds down the path the majority of the dial painters' lives took as their health mysteriously began to fail. Young, vibrant women who were suddenly...
  • Marialyce
    2017-06-04
    This book made me cry. It made me cry for the girls who were so brave, so sick, and so dedicated to one another so that the truth would be known. It made me cry for the greed that men, doctors and lawyers showed for these girls to let them suffer so while knowing the dangers of the substance they were working with. It made me cry to think of parents deprived of their daughters, children deprived of their mothers, and husbands deprived of their wi...
  • Pamela
    2017-05-14
    The research is extensive and impeccable in this historical, non fictional account of the use (misuse and abuse) of radium at the turn of the century. I was unaware of the radium girls and the factories that employed them. Therefore, I feel enlightened, if not enraged, by the corporate greed, the lack of safety standards, and the poor communication between scientists, management, and doctors. Consumer advocacy has improved greatly in the last 100...