Dark Tide. The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Author: Stephen Puleo. Description; Praise and Reviews; On Our Blog; Video; Reader. Around noon on January 15, , a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring. A new th anniversary edition of the only adult book on one of the odder disasters in US history–and the greed, disregard for poor immigrants, and lack.

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There were separate legal claims against USIA, but outrageously, a judge blamed the public for not insisting that the best people be put on the job. But until they were given voice in this book, the characters who drove the story were forgotten.

All is explained in luleo court proceedings that follow an excellent accounting of this tragedy. Lawyers for the owners attempted to appeal to Ogden’s presumed political bias.

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Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

View Full Version of PW. I was really interested in all the stories about the Italian immigrants, but at several points the author restated the same statistic twice, or nearly the same paragraph as in a previous chapter, and it sort of felt cumbersome in the beginning.


Instead trust your first impressions because the title is the thematic key: He and darm wife, Kate, live in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Fascinating event but the book is very dry at times.

DARK TIDE by Stephen Puleo | Kirkus Reviews

It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. Dec 01, Nicole rated it liked it. This book has prompted interest for me in several different areas for further reading and I’m grateful for the author’s extremely well-done work! Dec 09, Sean Kennedy rated it liked it.

And because of that, the tragedy was all the more indelible. Preview — Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo. And then, a miracle: Well-written and fascinating- but intermittently discursive in the interests of giving a tidw picture of the era.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In the foreground is the top of the tank vent pipe extendingwhich hit the ground virtually intact.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Stephen Puleo: : Books

Stephen Puleo brings it to life with vivid prose, using the dreadful catastrophe as a lens through which to view the panorama of a changing Boston, as well as to survey the major events that would shape the future of twentieth-century America. You see the evocative title, Dark Tide, and you speculate on the possibilities: It tells a local Boston story: The rise of the anarchist movement and its strong antiwar sentiments made the tank a tempting target, since alcohol produced from the molasses went into the making of wartime munitions.

The sections of the book devoted to actually recounting the flood and the trial are the best moments in the book, particularly the snippets of newspaper articles and court transcripts Puleo includes. Oh, God, Barry hated the filthy rodents.


Discover what to read next. In this book, he has taken a relatively obscure event and told us an incredible story.


Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The tank had been leaking for years. Bostonians, lawyers, or anyone interested in the history of the early 20th century. This story is so well told — the lead up to the explosion, the catastrophe itself and the aftermath that it reads like novel. I’ve been mulling over what to say about Dark Tide ever since. The sheer destructive force of the molasses flood is jarringly presented in a number of vignettes about those trapped; 21 people died.

Amazing account of a little known tragedy. Feb 02, David rated it liked it Shelves: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, — USIA was distilling most of the molasses stored in the tank into industrial alcohol used to produce munitions during World War I, and Jell needed to meet ever-growing production quotas without interference. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

In the aftermath of the flood, one of the most exhausting legal proceedings in Massachusetts history took place.