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The Jungle
Upton Sinclair
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Follows a young immigrant family as they endure backbreaking labor for low wages in the grim Chicago stockyards. A sobering look at the real cost of “big business”, this book is, sadly, just as relevant and necessary today as it was one hundred years ago.

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Well researched muckraker. The book offers an intersting History of Immigration and the conditions in Chicago around the turn of the century. This book never did accomplish the motive of Sinclair to reveal the deplorable working conditions in the meat packing industry. It did however force Roosevelt to push Congress to adopt the Pure Food and Drug Act along with the Meat Inspection Act. For that alone, its stands the test of time. It reads well and I found it hard to put down.It did drag a bit through the last few chapters which focused on Socialism.
 
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The book showed the harsh realities of the packinghouses in Chicago and the development of industrialization. I thought the book was interesting until the last few chapters which was a very long account of capitalism vs. socialism. I understood that the author needed to present his point of view but was rather difficult to stick with. Each paragraph could have been analyzed with how things were then and actually how they are today since it seems that the trend now seems to be toward socialism. Absolutely the discussion between capitalism and socialism is relavent today.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
This is possibly the most depressing book ever written...but still worth the effort.
 
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I had always had this book on a list, and finally when reading it, Sinclair's character development is truly gut wrenching. The knowledge of a modern reader to know gritty books with seedy underbellies were not the norm can be seen as a true classic of literature. If you are interested in why America is today the way it is, re-read this book.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
Upton Sinclair is a necessary read for anyone looking at the history of the food industry.
 
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a great piece of american lit ......
 
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Amazing novel about the life of an immigrant family at the turn of the century, where the world was set up to make the rich richer and the poor were less than human.
 
Jan. 3, 2019
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