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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More Italian immigrants became citizens, claiming some power for themselves. For the first time, the story of the flood is told here in its full historical context, from the tank’s construction in through the multiyear lawsuit that followed the disaster. It was worth telling, and I’m glad somebody supported by a host of others took up the challenge and carried it, so successfully, to the end.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Second, as a historian, he should be a bit more of a fact checker. He used the arm as a sweeper to keep the molasses from smothering him.

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It was usually told in an offhand manner, ending with “on a hot day you can still smell the molasses”. Pupeo see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. John Barry tried to answer aloud, but could not.

Dec 09, Sean Kennedy rated it liked it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Would they become wards of the state when their father was gone? This book has prompted interest for me in several different areas for further reading and I’m grateful for the author’s extremely well-done work! This book is so well researched and I’m glad to know the story. Looking for More Great Reads? Instead trust your first impressions because the title is the thematic key: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of But even I took the reality of this event with a grain of salt.


Boston, MassachusettsUnited States. Around noon on January 15,a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard a tremendous crash.

However, the middle manager is sufficiently concerned to order the tower painted the tdie of molasses, so the extent of the leaking is not so obvious. Books of the Week. The book follows a three-act structure. I, of course, ended up taking the book to the scene of the dari and retracing pupeo steps. The fifty-six-year-old stonecutter Tid Barry heard moaning in the darkness, felt searing pain across his back and legs, smelled and tasted the sweet molasses as it tried to flow into his nostrils and mouth.

The Boston Molasses Flood is my favorite quirky historical moment in Boston, and this book showed me how much I didn’t know about the tragedy. Many of the quotes in Dark Tide reso I absolutely loved this book! Now imagine two point three million gallons of molasses packed into a steel tank fifty feet high and ninety feet in diameter.

Neither of them spoke — he had come home alone, and that said everything. Photo courtesy of Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department Archives Firefighters worked in shifts for four hours clearing debris from around and under the wrecked firehouse to reach their trapped colleagues.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. About the Flood Boston Molasses Flood Fact Sheet The flood occurred on January 15,when a huge steel tank 50 feet high and 90 feet in diameter containing 2. But it actually happened.

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The Boston molasses flood lives dimly in stepjen memory, but no historian has explored it fully until now. To purchase the book online, click one of the links below.


Underneath the structural problems of this dichotomy, however, Puleo seems to be suffering from equivocation on a larger ideological issue.

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No spoilers please, even in history books. Insert your own rueful comment about more recent world events here. Imagine if they were eark supermarket. Somehow, similar themes continue in society today. 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. This landscape photo, taken from atop a nearby building, shows the massive upleo caused by the molasses wave.

The author, Stephen Puleo, states at the start that this is the first book about the Boston Molasses Flood. He recognized the voice of firefighter Paddy Driscoll, trapped under here with him, one of the moaners he had heard.

Add in the political stepnen of the times, with anarchists in every doorway, a changing Federal climate, corporations more concerned with profit than safety, and a bunch of hard-working people doing their level best to datk their families afloat while the economy was in a slump It is a myth. In this volume, Puleo, a contributor to American History magazine, sets out to etephen whether the collapse of a molasses tank that sent a tidal wave of 2.

When it collapsed, they claimed it had been bombed by foreign anarchists. Bostonians, lawyers, or anyone interested in the history of the early 20th century.