Dark Tide : The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

ISBN-10: 0807050210

ISBN-13: 9780807050217

Edition: 2004

Authors: Stephen Puleo
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Description: Dark Tide is the definitive account of Americas 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 Bostons waterfront, disgorging its contents as a fifteen-foot-high wave of molasses that 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 . . . [Puleos] 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 Puleos Dark Tide . . . Until they were given voice in this book, the characters who drove the story were forgotten." -Caroline Leavitt, Boston Sunday Globe

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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Stephen Puleois author of theBoston Globebest sellerThe Boston Italiansand the critically acclaimedDark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor toAmerican Historymagazine, he holds a master's degree in history and wrote his thesis on Italian immigration and the settlement of Boston's North End. He donates a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile (Type 1) diabetes research. He and his wife, Kate, live in Weymouth, Massachusetts. From the Hardcover edition.

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