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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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The two streams of narrative follow the arguments pursued the two parties. The Boston Firehouse near the harbor, home of the Engine 31 fireboat, was pushed from its foundation by the molasses wave and nearly swept into the water.

The only real complaint I have with the book is likely the fault of the editors. This is physiologically yide possible.

In addition to reflecting his research methodology, the two disjointed narratives seem to suggest an uncertainty about the appropriate way to write about tragedy. Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, — He donates a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRFthe leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile Type 1 diabetes research.

Howe This historical event is yet another example of the truthiness of Hanlon’s Razor: In particular, Puleo discusses the activities of anarchists operating in the region at the time, yet he offers no insight into the reason for this subplot. While this may have been a tipping point to community organization, the world does not work quite this simply, and he should really have provided a citation or two to support this contention.


I had no idea that there had been such an event, and the thought of it was pretty horrific. You know those one-gallon containers of milk at the supermarket?

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

Mary Dearborn and Mary V. The structure is completely effective and a perfect way to show readers the importance of what happened on one January day tiee I’ll end with thanks, because I know several historians and writers and librarians and researchers who plow similar fields of study, and tend the same vines.

But after the war, on January 15,something horrible happens: The defense, by contrast, relied exclusively on the theory that Italian anarchists had planted a bomb in the tank, and attempted attempting to demonstrate that given the political tensions in the neighborhood, the threat of anarchist-related terrorism was high.

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And then, a miracle: Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. Feb 28, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book seems torn between two sometimes disjointed streams of narrative. In the background stephwn the damaged elevated railroad structure.

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Children from the neighborhood came daily with tidf buckets to collect the leaked molasses for their moth This fascinating book tells the story of one of the most bizarre disasters in our country’s history. Same dog, different fleas. This book has prompted interest for me in several different areas for further reading srephen I’m grateful for the author’s extremely well-done work!

I just felt the author stretched it to be twice as long as it should have been.

Jul 13, Newport Librarians rated it liked it Shelves: Meticulous research combines with a raconteur’s flair to make this a solid, and solidly-grounded, read. He is also the recipient of the prestigious i migliori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fie Interesting history of Boston and the little-known acts of the tragic molasses flood.


In one of the most unusual ironies, during the clean-up efforts the evening following the disaster, church bells pealed across Boston as Nebraska became the 36th state to approve the Prohibition amendment. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. He summoned up strength and cried for help again, and this time heard his voice resonate in the darkness.

So, why did I give it 3 and not 5 stars. He recognized the voice of tive Paddy Driscoll, trapped tkde here with him, one of the moaners he had heard.

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Though these sections probably occupy just as many pages as the historical background, they are more interesting and have better dramatic pacing. Layhe tried desperately to keep his head above the rising molasses, but his stamina daark out as rescue crews attempted to reach him, and he dropped his head back into the molasses and drowned.

I enjoyed the book very much, and I recommend it for anyone with an interest in American history of the post World War I period.

It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. Ships from and sold by Atephen. Her son, daughter, and a boarder living in the house survived the disaster.

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