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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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First, as a history this is really flawed. Did anyone know he was there? He draws from contemporary newspaper accounts, personal correspondence, and thousands of pages of trial transcripts to present well-documented portraits of the major players, and while he makes a number of value judgments along the way about right and wrong, he backs up his opinions with clear facts and fair reasoning.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. For all neo-cons, this is what happens when industry and corporations are left to regulate themselves. Fiction Elizabeth Costello by J. This last portrait, though, has a caption that I do not believe Puleo would have written, as it unnecessarily reveals the outcome of eark case.

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. Properly and compellingly recasts quaint folklore as a tragedy with important ramifications.

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Now imagine two or three of those. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is a reason for inspections and oversight of big business. In one of the most unusual ironies, during the clean-up efforts the evening following the disaster, church bells pealed across Boston as Nebraska became the 36th state to approve the Prohibition amendment.


Firefighters opened hydrants in a largely unsuccessful effort to clear the molasses, which began to harden quickly, and they eventually had to pump seawater directly from the harbor. Much more than a disaster story We become one of them. 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.

This story is so well told — the lead up to the stepgen, the catastrophe itself and the aftermath that it reads like novel. The sheer destructive force of the molasses flood is jarringly presented in a number of vignettes about those trapped; 21 people died.

In the ensuing court battle, Big Business was pule on notice that it would not be trusted to police construction safety standards itself, it was not above the law, and it would be liable for damages. Furthermore, the Prologue and puleoo tone of Part I clearly lead the reader to believe, correctly, that this was a simple structural failure.

If we have the tank painted rust-color and put dadk chips on the ground, no one will be able to tell. Puleo’s background as a journalist also contributes to the success of this work, as he shares slices of life with details down to the smells and sounds that bring his characters to life. Puleo sets the scene carefully, in the context of the time and social conditions, and follows through with the years of lawsuits that ensued. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Not at all like a nightmare of brown sludge pounding down the city streets with the velocity of a speeding car, drowning people and pulverizing structures unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Great Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of twenty-one people and scores of animals, injured more than a hundred, and caused widespread destruction. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


The rise of the anarchist movement and its strong antiwar sentiments made the tank a tempting target, since alcohol produced from the molasses went into the making of wartime munitions.

Open Preview See a Problem? Mar 24, Laura rated it it was amazing. Puleo clearly knows the subject matter.

One lucky fellow survived by treading molasses. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Have we in our blindness gained the whole world and lost our own soul? Steve is the past recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the Appian Club, an Darm organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Massachusetts. So, inthere was a gigantic molasses flood in Boston, which is interesting enough. Whatever was pressing on his body was crushing the life out of him.

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Italian Immigration and Settlement,in his bibliography. There’s a touching extra afterword in my edition that shares some of these family encounters, including an eyewitness account in a family letter. Here, Puleo introduces us to a string of individuals whose lives are directly involved with the molasses flood. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station.

Waves of Terror 6. Esposito Kindle Edition on iPad These were ordinary people, and the things written about them were pretty everyday as well. From the innocent lives it took, to an era of corporate greed, to the pre- and post-WWI America, to the anti-immigrant feeling of the time, Mr.

Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, — But his mother was fatally crushed in the collapsing building.