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Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

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Publisher Comments:

"Dark Tide is the definitive account of America’s most fascinating and surreal disaster.” —John Marr, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Shortly after noon on January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston’s waterfront, disgorging its contents as a fifteen-foot-high wave of molasses that briefly traveled at thirty-five miles an hour. Dark Tide tells the compelling story of this man-made disaster that claimed the lives of twenty-one people and scores of animals and caused widespread destruction.

Dark Tide has been selected as a "town-wide reading book" for five Massachusetts communities including Holliston, Mass.

“Narrated with gusto . . . [Puleo’s] enthusiasm for a little-known catastrophe is infectious.” —The New Yorker

“Compelling . . . Puleo has done justice to a gripping historical story.” —Ralph Ranalli, Boston Globe

“Thoroughly researched, the volume weaves together the stories of the people and families affected by the disaster . . . The cleanup lasted months, the lawsuits years, the fearful memories a lifetime.” —Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

“Giving a human face to tragedy is part of the brilliance of Stephen Puleo’s Dark Tide . . . Until they were given voice in this book, the characters who drove the story were forgotten.” —Caroline Leavitt, Boston Sunday Globe

Synopsis:

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.

About the Author

Stephen Puleo is author of the critically acclaimed Boston-area bestseller Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor to American History magazine, he holds a master's degree in history and wrote his thesis on Italian immigration and the settlement of Boston's North End. He donates a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile (Type 1) diabetes research. Stephen and his wife, Kate, live in the Boston area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807096673
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
History : General
Author:
Puleo, Stephen
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Industrial Health & Safety
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
Floods
Subject:
History
Subject:
Boston (Mass.) History 1865-
Subject:
Floods - Massachusetts - Boston - History -
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Americana-Massachusetts
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Americana-New England and Mid Atlantic
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
November 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.

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