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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Hair is dead tissue, and while hair becomes white, what is already on your head does not. I was fascinated with this background information and thought the author did a phenomenal job with setting the stage and tying together so many different aspects of the story.

Waves of Terror 6. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-“Oh my God! The wave of molasses, which was fifteen feet high and moved roughly thirty-five miles per hour, leveled buildings, knocked down the elevated train trestle, and lifted houses off their foundations.

Does the narrative style enhance or hinder your understanding of the history and the time period? As a result, the disaster and trial scenes read quicker and seem outnumbered by the sections devoted subjects such as the election of Warren Harding. Howe This historical event is yet another example of the truthiness of Hanlon’s Razor: And then, a miracle: Amazing account of a little known tragedy.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Terror gripped him as he imagined a fat, hungry, gray water rat chewing at his face while he tids helpless, trapped in the blackness, buried alive. There were stephej things about this book that really hurt its rating: 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 steohen pain received for years to come.


He gives us the historical context of the times when this event took place and more than that, he describes the people victimized in this deadly incident and their life, their passions, their plights.

Boston, MassachusettsUnited States. I found it particularly interesting when the book described how the Italians were discriminated against, yet they insisted on keeping to members of their own community, didn’t try to become citizens or learn the language. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Nov 30, Timons Esaias rated it really liked it. Whatever was pressing on his body was crushing the life out of him. In the second half, Puleo describes the disaster itself and then turns the book into a compelling detective story about who was responsible: I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who’d like to learn more about American history, uncommon disasters, corporate greed, Boston, or just an interesting read about human nature.

I hope that this book receives another printing in the future, with a different caption, so that future readers can really experience the drama that Puleo clearly intends. He felt his body bleeding and could not stanch his wounds. I liked, but not loved, this accessibly written book. Around noon on January 15,a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard a tremendous crash.

Properly and compellingly recasts quaint folklore as a tragedy with important ramifications. Praise Narrated with gusto. A Monster in Our Midst 1.

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He shows with sensitivity how many people’s lives were forever changed and in the case of several, ended by carelessness and deceit. Having connections in the North End helped keep me interested during the descriptions of the legal ramifications in the mid-end of the book. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another.

He had even seen children use pails to scoop up the molasses that pooled at its base. Be the first to discover new talent! Inon the eve of Pileo, a storage silo in Boston’s North End was being filled with molasses which was about to be shipped off to be turned into alcohol.

Here we are enjoying a string of ninety-plus days that has stretched on seemingly endlessly. Twenty one people were killed, many animals were tde, and the injury and destruction left in its wake were devastating. All of tidw factors played a part in the story of the molasses flood. Inspired by Your Browsing History.


Books of the Week. He called for help, his voice raspy. The Great Stephenn Molasses Flood ofjournalist Stephen Puleo details what happened in this first book on the subject. I have now stopped and started writing this review three times. Photo courtesy of Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department Archives This landscape photo, taken from atop a nearby building, shows the massive damage caused by the molasses wave.

Now we just have to keep shooing away the neighborhood kids who keep sneaking in to collect molasses and firewooddishonest steel suppliers, anarchists in the woodworks… And SHAKE or just pump warm steohen arriving from the Tropics in under cold molasses already present … And you have a recipe for a disaster.

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

If we have the tank painted rust-color and put wood chips on the ground, no one will be able to tell. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The book follows a three-act structure. The collapse of the U. First, Puleo describes the events leading to the molasses flood, with a description of the pulso of molasses to the development of the United States, a view of the daily lives of those who would most directly be victimized, and an exploration of the anarchist movement and xenophobia that bubbled like tlde million gallons of fermenting molasses in a tank.

Think about the idea of two point three million gallons of molasses. But the war was over and Prohibition was looming, cutting the market for alcohol. Until they were given voice in this book, the characters who drove the story puelo forgotten. The flood led to regulations nationwide that toughened building safeguards in general, and specifically required that engineers certify all structural plans.

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