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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Upton Sinclair Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An ardent activist, champion of political reform, novelist, and progressive journalist, Upton Sinclair is perhaps best known today for The Jungle—his devastating exposé of the meat-packing industry. A protest novel he privately published in 1906, the book was a shocking revelation of intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a bestseller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act. The brutally grim story of a Slavic family who emigrates to America, The Jungle tells of their rapid and inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and social and economic despair. Vulnerable and isolated, the family of Jurgis Rudkus struggles—unsuccessfully—to survive in an urban jungle.

A powerful view of turn-of-the-century poverty, graft, and corruption, this fiercely realistic American classic is still required reading in many history and literature classes. It will continue to haunt readers long after they’ve finished the last page.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Blankminds | 2/19/2014

    " Definitely not what i was expecting but kinda cool execpt for the propaganda bit toward the end. Sorta ruined the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jodi | 2/15/2014

    " This is how history books should be written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cierra | 2/14/2014

    " At first I could not get into the book... the reading at times became very tedious and I just wanted to give up. If it wasn't for me using schmoop.com to pull me through the book, I don't think I would remember anything except for the very graphic explanation of the meat packing industry during that time. No wonder people missed Sinclair's point of writing this book to be a Socialist book. Overall good read, though it was boring at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tim Patrick | 2/11/2014

    " It's no wonder that this book brought about government action. It reads like a Department of Transportation feasibility study. Moral of the story: everyone is corrupt, only the Socialist party can save you. Lots of emotion, lots of injustice, lots of hype. "

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