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

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

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...

Title:The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Edition Language:English

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    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...

  • Lori

    “I can’t laugh about those poor women who painted the clocks,” said Sarah. “That’s one thing I can’t laugh about.”“Nobody wants you to.” said her grandmother. “You run along now....

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  • Debra

    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 if you get your job done. A job that allows you t...

  • Carol

    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...

  • Pouting Always

    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...

  • Diane S ?

    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 ...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    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...

  • Lou

    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...

  • Erin

    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'...