Book Review of 'Triangle: The Fire That Changed America'

1473 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 6 Pages
Did the author make a complete and honest analysis of the topic? This book is about the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in March, 1911. The factory claimed the lives of 146 women and men, mostly young women, during the 30 minutes that the fire blazed. It is still the largest industrial disaster that has ever happened in New York City. The author of the book writes more as a novelist than as a historian because he seems to want to draw his audience into the different scenes of the book. He begins by describing a section of sidewalk popularly termed "Misery Lane" (Drehle, 3). He follows the actions of one young man and his aunt who are looking at coffins trying to determine if any of the young women represented there are among the three relatives that he lost. He is walking with his aunt Rosa who suggests that a young woman is one of the girls, but they later determine that it is not. The story continues like this, giving personal accounts as nearly as the author could, which makes it seem more like a story than an actual historical event. The author starts with Misery Lane, where the bodies were taken, but he quickly moves through the years preceding the fire, and then he talks about the aftermath of the blaze. The author describes the building in which the fire took place and the workers who waited outside on the fateful day to gain…
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