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Dark Tide : The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Dark Tide The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 Author:Stephen Puleo 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 t... more »hat 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.
"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« less
Excellent book! This is a non-fiction story that reads like a novel. A peek into a period in American history that many have forgotten or never known about, with many details about the war and anarchists of the time. The characters bring the tale to life. A great read for anyone, especially history buffs, a must-read for Bostonians.