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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Albert Marrin Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. The factory was crowded. The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside. One hundred forty-six people—mostly women—perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time. It is a story of immigration and working hard to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life. It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet. It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster. And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.

With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America’s defining tragedies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The writing is compelling and detailed, and the author effectively manages to bridge the gap between detached expository writing and emotionally charged content…This is a useful and thoughtful addition to any American history collection.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Sure to spark discussion, this standout title concludes with source notes and suggested-reading lists that will lead students to further resources for research and debate.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Published to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the 1911 fire that erupted in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, this powerful chronicle examines the circumstances surrounding the disaster…Marrin’s message that protecting human dignity is our shared responsibility is vitally resonant.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2011 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clarissa | 2/19/2014

    " I must not have been paying very much attention in my US history classes because I felt like a lot of the material covered in this book was brand new to me. It was a fantastic overview (or introduction) of the pre-Unionized era of our country's history. I want to learn more. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sam Luchsinger-Boice | 2/17/2014

    " A fairly good overview of the Triangle Fire for young readers that details the greed & corruption and work conditions of sweatshop workers and their bosses in the early 1900's. packs a lot of information for a YA book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna Kim | 2/16/2014

    " This is a solid book that does a nice job of relating information about the Triangle Fire, which many people may not be aware of. With that said, it is clear that this book was written with younger students as the primary audience. The sentences are somewhat choppy and the details can be a bit unfocused, especially at the end. While I was able to figure out the point that the author was trying to make, I'm not sure that many students would be able to make the connections between gangsters, union corruption, international trade, and the need for further reform. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by readknitread | 1/28/2014

    " This book is really more about immigration life. I felt cheated with the cover. The actual fire/event is only a few pages towards the end. Be warned it has graphic pictures. "

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