The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore is a book I read last month. This book was published in May 2017 and will go down as one of my favorite books of the year. This book is a non-fiction retelling of the atrocities that occurred in radium luminous watch factories starting in the 1920s. Far from a dry historical book, Kate Moore puts the readers in the shoes of the women working in the watch factories and gives each and everyone of them a voice.
While gruesome at times, I spent most the book shocked and appalled by the blatant disregard for life. The injuries sustained were devastating, and the compassion shown was practically nonexistent.
I had no idea this occurred in the United States. It’s a black stain on our history. And while not meant to be a tear-jerker (I don’t think), I still cried at the end. Seriously, all the feels in this book. If you’ve read it, please give me your thoughts!
Check it out at your local library (which is what I did), or buy it at here from Amazon.
“The cynical would say there was only one reason a high-profile specialist finally took up the cause. On June 7, 1925, the first male employee of the United States Radium Corporation died.” ― Kate Moore, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women