Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 (Paperback)

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    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.
    "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

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    ISBN 9780807050217
    Genre HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 273
    Publisher Date 2004-09-16 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Beacon Pr
    Copyright Year 2004
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.8 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Puleo, Stephen

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    • Amazing piece of history
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      The subject of the book is fascinating and worth reading about. The actual book isn't the best written ever, but then this is not a book review. I enjoyed the reading and so did several members of my family.

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