At a time when the United States stands at the brink of another economic meltdown calling for sweeping federal interventions," writes Publisher's Weekly, "Downey provides not only a superb rendering of history but also a large dose of inspiration drawn from Perkins' clearheaded, decisive work with FDR to solve urgent problems diligently and to succeed in the face of what seemed insurmountable odds. Perkins was named executive secretary of the committee, which sat for four years and eventually resulted in laws requiring the removal of waste from factory buildings every day, limiting the number of occupants per floor to the number that could escape by the exits provided, requiring fire drills in industrial facilities, and prohibiting smoking in factories.
The Advocate Kathleen Robinson NFPA Journal; May/Jun 2009; 103, 3; Docstoc pg. 30 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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