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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Von Drehle Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. 146 people died — 123 of them women. It was the worst disaster in the city's history. Not only a chronicle of the fire, but also a vibrant portrait of an entire age, this book follows the waves of Jewish and Italian immigration that inundated New York in the early century, filling its slums and supplying its garment factories with cheap labor. It portrays the work conditions that led to a massive waist-workers' strike in which an unlikely coalition of socialists, socialites, and suffragettes took on bosses, police, and magistrates. Von Drehle puts a human face on those who died in the fire, and shows how popular revulsion at the Triangle catastrophe led to an unprecedented alliance between idealistic labor reformers and the supremely pragmatic politicians of the Tammany machine.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlin | 2/10/2014

    " Gripping details on one of the worst tragedies in America. Unfortunately, not enough people know of the disaster and how it reformed working conditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eliza | 2/7/2014

    " Totally sad, but very good in a learn more about the Lower East Side kind of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keith Schmidt | 2/2/2014

    " Everyone who cares about politics in the US should read this book. It is the birth of or current alignment and a great story about a horrible event and how the aftermath change our culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Roistacher | 1/28/2014

    " This book is at its best when describing the organizing that preceded and followed the fire and also the transition of the Democrats of Tammany Hall from a corrupt machine to a force for economic and social justice. "

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