"For some history on the labor movement, pick up the recently re-issued The Triangle Fire. . . . Stein's groundbreaking account of the 1911 disaster when fire and sweatshop conditions killed 146 employees is just as pertinent today."―George Yatchisin, Santa Barbara Independent, May 3, 2001
"This book . . . is a gripping and chilling reminder of what our foremothers endured to build a life in the New world. . . . The tragedy is no less riveting for being almost a century old."―Gwenn Kay, Jewish Observer, 12 July 2001
"Stein's book is based on the author's exhaustive research of contemporary sources, and his own interviews with survivors He vividly recreates the scene."―Jonathan Eaton. Our Times, June/July 2001
"Stein divided his book into two parts, an agonizing and detailed account of the shocking events of March 25, 1911, and an itemized report of the aftermath. This new edition retains Stein's stark chronicle and, . . . adds 16 pictures that greatly augment the narrative."―Morton I. Teicher. The Jerusalem Post, December 2001
"With regards to protest and changes in legislation, the Triangle Fire raised the consciousness of the American public, for a brief time. . . . Stein would ask us to reflect on the lessons of . . . industrial accidents, fires, and the toll of human carnage. History proves that under any economic system, accidents occur in the industrialization process. Yet we can argue that some industrial accidents, wars, and terrorist acts are preventable. Unbridled economic greed, whether under capitalism, democratic socialism, or communism, driven by what sometimes appears as contempt for human life, needs to be harnessed, or in economic terms, regulated."―Kate Laskowitz, Purdue University, Shofar, Winter 2004
"Leon Stein's gripping narrative of the Triangle tragedy is one of the classics of American history. And William Greider has added an introduction that bluntly, eloquently describes how little conditions have changed for sweatshop workers the world over. As the grandson of a one-time Triangle seamstress, I salute the reissue of a book that anyone who cares about labor, past or present, should read."―Michael Kazin, Georgetown University. Author of The Populist Persuasion: An American History and other books.
About the Author
William Greider is the bestselling author of five previous books, including "One World, Ready or Not" (on the global economy), "Who Will Tell the People" (on American politics), and "Secrets of the Temple" (on the Federal Reserve). A reporter for forty years, he has written for "The Washington Post" and "Rolling Stone" and has been an on-air correspondent for six "Frontline" documentaries on PBS. Currently the national affairs correspondent for "The Nation, " he lives in Washington, D.C. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.