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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This he did, finding for the families of those killed and injured. I had heard of the disaster in which 21 people lost their lives, hundreds were injured and multiple structures destroyed.

Certainly not as much as this book deserves. As a result, the disaster and trial scenes read quicker and tkde outnumbered by the sections devoted subjects such as the election of Warren Harding. Nov 17, George rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Shortly after noon on January 15,a foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.

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. How could a flood of molasses stehpen been an stephwn

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. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. This is an excellent work of well researched nonfiction that chronicles the establishment of the tank that functioned to hold the molasses until it could be processed nearby into alcohol for munition purposes and the WW1 effort.

The bizarreness of the disaster and the sheer enormity of the trial, however, are the only gripping parts of the book. Hugh Ambrose and John Schuttler. The Boston Molasses Flood is my favorite quirky historical moment in Boston, and this book showed me how much I didn’t know about the tragedy. Reading this for my bookclub discussion was my main motivation to actually slog through the lawyer-y-ness of this very dry but very interesting book.


Same dog, different fleas. First, as a history this is really flawed. But his mother was fatally crushed in the collapsing building. Clougherty was able to save himself and pull his sister to safety. However, the middle manager is sufficiently concerned to order the tower painted the color of molasses, so the extent of the leaking is not so obvious.

I’d heard about this event, which is almost a history trivia item, but had not realized the scale of the thing. Darkening Skies Part Three: It provided great incite about the Molasses spill from how the tank was built and the failure thereof and the resultant disaster and those would whose live were impacted and of those who sadly lost their lives or lived with the injuries and pain received for years to come.

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Jan 05, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, stepen booker, blogger. Properly and compellingly recasts quaint folklore as a tragedy with important ramifications. His initial shout for help had drained him of energy. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Based on extensive research using trial transcripts and other primary sources, the author has crafted a rich and meticulous narrative of the massive flood, including the tragedy itself as I knew nothing about this disaster that occurred almost a hundred years pu,eo, and I found the book to be fascinating.

It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. Tie takes an enormous amount of work and study and care and attention to tell a story like this. The number of dead wasn’t known for days. It’s some great stuff.

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Jul 13, Newport Librarians rated it liked it Shelves: I knew nothing about this disaster that occurred almost a hundred years ago, and I found the book to be fascinating. We become one of them.


It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster. In the background is the damaged elevated railroad structure. Quotes from Dark Tide: The Way We Live Now. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. There are other parallels that appear making this past tragedy surprising current. Dennis Lehane, in his list of sources for The Given Day. Bridget Clougherty, sixty-five, was buried by debris and timber, and died from terrible injuries one hour after crews pulled her from the wreckage.

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

In the ensuing court battle, Big Business was put on notice that it would not be trusted to police construction safety standards itself, it was not above the law, and it would be liable for damages.

In the second half, Puleo describes the disaster itself and then turns the book into a compelling detective story about who was responsible: The Great Boston Molasses Flood ofjournalist Stephen Puleo details what happened in this first book on the subject. Like the vast majority of the American public, I had only heard faint reports of this event in the early 20th Century, and most of the time what it sounded like was some kind of urban legend.

USIA accused antiwar anarchists of bombing the tank, an argument fueled by the Sacco sephen Vanzetti trial. The cleanup lasted months, the lawsuits years, the fearful memories a lifetime.

Children from the neighborhood came daily with their 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.

Paperbackpages. In the cold of January the tank was half filled with nearly a million gallons of molasses.