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.
This book shows the treatment of immigrants and their living conditions in early 20th century Chicago.
Sinclair's purpose with this book is to tout the panacea of socialism in a world that many increasingly saw as controlled by rampant big business.
And so I finally realized that it was the last 50 pages that made the book an essential read, even again, and worth the full 5-stars.
Great book. It is awesome that the stock yard gate is still standing in Chicago.Published 4 days ago by Jen
For the price the printing was quite good in my opinion. The book itself is very interesting and thought provoking.Published 20 days ago by Viktoriya
Great book which still has relevance today in a corporate world that rolls over workers with impunity.Published 27 days ago by drdonuts
Quite alot of disturbing historical information about the meat industry in the early 1900's.Published 1 month ago by Wildcat
Great book. This is a fictional story based on the actual working and living conditions of immigrants in Chicago's meat packing industry in the early 1900's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pompis72
I had to read this book for my college class and it was rather interesting.Published 2 months ago by R. Gerhardstein