Triangle

Triangle

The Fire That Changed America

Paperback - 2003
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"Sure to become the definitive account of the fire. . . . Triangle is social history at its best, a magnificent portrayal not only of the catastrophe but also of the time and the turbulent city in which it took place." --The New York Times Book Review

Triangle is a poignantly detailed account of the 1911 disaster that horrified the country and changed the course of twentieth-century politics and labor relations. 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 who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladderssimply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. The final toll was 146 people--123 of them women. It was the worst disaster in New York City history. Triangle is a vibrant and immensely moving account that Bob Woodward calls, "A riveting history written with flare and precision."
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9780802141514
080214151X
Characteristics: 340 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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HCL_staff_reviews May 24, 2019

Set against the background of the struggles of Italian and Jewish immigrants, corrupt city politics, and the rise of the fashion industry, "Triangle" is the story of the fire that broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village on March 25, 1911. A gripping, page-turning tale relating the horror of the disaster with little graphic detail. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library

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ryner
Aug 23, 2018

I had hoped for a riveting page-turner, considering the perilous and tragic circumstances, but the narrative itself was a bit of a yawn. Having said that, it is nevertheless a well-researched and informative account of the disastrous 1911 New York fire that took 146 lives.

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Shihtzulover
Jun 05, 2014

Set against the background of the struggles of Italian and Jewish immigrants, corrupt city politics, and the rise of the fashion industry, we learn of the fire that broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village on March 25, 1911. A gripping page-turning tale relating the horror of the disaster with little graphic detail.

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Logovore
Apr 11, 2012

An engrossing look at the dangers of being a worker in the early part of the last century. It serves as a warning as to what happens when the proper balance between profits and workers' rights is ignored: something that seems to be slipping today.

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GingerKaren
Apr 17, 2004

David Von Drehle has written a moving account of a fire that started a small revolution in the labor and political arenas in the early part of the last century. Fire safety for workers was a rallying cry even as the flames were building at the Triangle Waist Company on March 25, 1911. These flames helped to create fire doors that opened out onto safe, wide stairwells, and made laws governing manufacturers from locking workers in. Today we seem to have forgotten all about this tragedy that took 140+ lives. In fact, there is no record of the names of the people that died in the fire or from injuries afterwards! But it is the human stories that capture the reader''s attention. For instance, a song called Ev''ry Little Movement reverberates through this book. Taken from a hit Broadway show, then picked up by the general public, it became very popular in the Triangle Waist Company. After work you could hear the strains of it sung by several workers as they got ready to go home. March 25, 1911 was no different, until the fire made it a terrible reminder to the survivors of the worst factory fire of the 20th century.

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