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Triangle : The Fire That Changed America
Triangle The Fire That Changed America
Author: David von Drehle
On a beautiful spring day, March 25, 1911, workers were preparing to leave the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village when a fire started. Within minutes it consumed the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside. The final toll was 146-123 of them women. It wa...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780802141514
ISBN-10: 080214151X
Publication Date: 8/16/2004
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 1
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nascargal avatar reviewed Triangle : The Fire That Changed America on + 352 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is a fascinating look at the conditions that people worked (and died) in in the early 1900's. This fire also was a catalyst for change in the laws that protect workers and fire code laws. It is written in a way that keeps your attention, and makes you relive the horror of a tragedy that could have been avoided.
reviewed Triangle : The Fire That Changed America on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Well written history of one of the worst workplace disasters in our history plus an interesting look at life in the early 1900's.
Booklover57 avatar reviewed Triangle : The Fire That Changed America on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I found the subject of the book to be very interesting, but much of the content was a bit dry.
bookaddict avatar reviewed Triangle : The Fire That Changed America on
Helpful Score: 3
Fascinating account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire: how it happened, its implications for labour practises afterward. A compelling argument for the necessity of unions, and against unregulated corporate activity.
Leigh avatar reviewed Triangle : The Fire That Changed America on + 377 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The writing was certainly engaging in parts, but on the whole, I thought the book contained too much "back story" information about the rise of unions, socialism, and urban liberalism in early 20th century New York.

The courtroom chapter is particularly powerful and depicts some pretty nasty motives on the part of the defense lawyer. The parts about the fire, itself, were a little difficult to read - they're very, very graphic. Not your best non-fiction read, but a worthy tribute to those who perished in this horrible tragedy.
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