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Friday, March 1, 2019

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nonfiction month starts off with a huge radioactive splash! Painted with panache... and I can feel the sarcomas coming now...

Oh, wait... this is nothing to get excited over...

Actually, reading this, while making me sympathize and empathize with all the women in the book who died horrible deaths because they were lied to and ruined by the company back in the 20's and all the way through the 70's, was still VERY difficult to read.

Totally beautiful writing, but so horrible to experience.

My faith in humanity dropped a few notches. Especially since I've also read about so many experiences with DDT and the industrial pollutions of rivers and nuclear testing sites, you might have thought I couldn't have had a worse impression of humanity... But no. It's worse. Corporations keep being able to establish a great method of screwing over the people working for them. Once they find a good method, they really stick to it! Easily adopted across the board.

It's quite amazing how much we HAVEN'T CHANGED. Not one bit. Let's just get away with everything we can get away with, right, people?

Big takeaways...

DON'T TRUST ANYONE IN POWER. When they say they know what's best for you, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Never trust any platitudes.

Sigh. Truly horrible.

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