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The Jungle

Sinclair, Upton (Book - 1986 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Jungle


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Upton Sinclair's story exposed the conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the nineteenth century and brought into focus the odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled. This book was championed by the then president Theodore Roosevelt, and was a catalyst to the passing of the Pure Food and Meat Inspection act.
Authors: Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968
Title: The jungle
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 1986
Characteristics: xxxv, 411 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Upton Sinclair ; with an introduction by Ronald Gottesman
Notes: "This edition first published in The Penguin American Library 1985 ... Reprinted in Penguin Classics 1986"--T.p. verso
"First published in the USA by Doubleday, Page 1906"--T.p. verso
ISBN: 0140390316
9780140390315
Branch Call Number: FICTION SINCLAIR 1986
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If you listen to the book, the narrator does an excellent job keeping it lively. I can;t wait to actually read it for myself! this book also helped with the Progressive Movement and created may federal agency's we'd dare not live without.

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  • bryndisoi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I wouldn't call this a history book. For the appropriate age group, it is a great novel and a very enthralling story. This is my second time reading this book, I don't think it will ever get old. In response to sbenger's comment, it was published in 1906 so it focuses on Packingtown, Chicago during that time and before, not the 20s.

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  • dailia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not the easiest read. It is definately a history book, but it really does highlight the conditions for humans and animals in the meat packing industry. It is a definate read for anyone interested in the welfare issues in the industry.

I remember reading this in undergrad (I have a degree in English lit). It's a great, harrowing novel in the journalistic muckraking tradition. Written by Upton Sinclair who set out to write a series of articles about the meat packing plants of the 20's, was it? And found conditions so horrible that he turned it into an entire novel. Readers became so outraged that they started rioting, or something, and all this led to the creation of the FDA.

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