RADIUM GIRLS


RADIUM GIRLS

KATE MOORE    Book Number: 85513    Product format: Paperback

"Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths." - Publishers Weekly. As WWI spread across the world, young American women flocked to work in factories, painting clocks, watches and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous and the girls shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in dust from the paint. However as the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. It turned out that the very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was slowly killing them and radium paint was poisonous. Their employers denied all responsibility, but these courageous women in the face of unimaginable suffering refused to accept their fate quietly and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished diaries, letters and interviews, this intimate narrative is a powerful tale of a group of ordinary women who learned to roar in the Roaring Twenties. A thrillingly told New York Times bestseller with list of key characters and eight pages of photos, some absolutely shocking of a huge growth from cancer of the knee and an enormous radium-induced sarcoma of the chin, doubling the size of the woman's face. 465pp in paperback.
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ISBN 9781471153884
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