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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Boston, MassachusettsUnited States. Author Stephen Puleo has done it again. It’s some great stuff. Now imagine two or three of those.

Aided by, among other thing, thousands of pages of court transcripts, he is able to effectively bring the people connected t Dark Tide is a well-written history of the collapse of a 2. 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 ago, and I found the book to be fascinating.

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Dark Tide book by Stephen Puleo reviewed by Jonathan Sherman-Presser

This last portrait, though, has a caption that I do not believe Puleo would have written, as it unnecessarily reveals the outcome of the case. Twenty one people were killed, many animals were destroyed, and the injury and destruction left in its wake were devastating.

Well-written and fascinating- but intermittently discursive in the interests of giving a complete picture of the era. Nov 30, Timons Esaias rated it really liked it.

Talk about these issues in the context of the time period and the flood story. Excerpt from Dark Tide: A Force So Swift. Overcome with exhaustion and emotion, his fide body wracked with syephen, he could barely manage a whisper: This book is so well researched and I’m glad to know the story. Far from being a freak accident that is relegated to the dustbin of history, this tragedy should be seen as a clear product of its time and the beginning of the concept of corporate social responsibility The bizarreness of the disaster and the sheer enormity of the trial, however, are the only gripping parts of the book.


The author, Stephen Puleo, states at the start that this is the first book about the Boston Molasses Flood. It might as well be the last, because he covers every aspect so well that it’s hard to imagine what anyone else could add. The backdrop against which the tragedy occurred offers an interesting component to the story — the end of World War I and the onset of Prohibition.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

In addition to his strong journalism and historical writing background, Steve has 30 years of experience in public relations, corporate communications, speechwriting, speech coaching, and marketing. When officials complete rescue operations, and when they assess damages, they discover that the Great Boston Molasses Flood has killed more than 20 people and scores of animals, has injured other people, and has left mind-boggling destruction in its wide wake.

May 12, John-Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this from cover to cover and would highly suggest the paperback. The number of dead wasn’t known for days. To purchase the book online, click one of the links below.


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. Thanksgiving weekend seems like such an appropriate time to express my gratitude to all of you for your support, encouragement, and loyalty — and to bring you up to ….

Videos About This Book. Getting into the minds of the major players in the disaster—USIA suits, victims, witnesses, North End residents, politicians—he re-creates not only the scene but also the social, political and economic environments of the time that made the disaster more than just an industrial accident.

This book was great – a nonfiction re: Discover what to read next. Share your thoughts with other customers. Just as in another of his books The Caning Puleo does a masterful job personalizing the story and making the characters almost jump right off the page.

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

He was pinned face down, his cheek mashed into the sticky molasses, only his left arm free. Though these sections probably occupy just as many pages as the historical background, they are more interesting and have better dramatic pacing.

It is a tragedy and a thriller at the same time.