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Dark Tide

The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Puleo, Stephen (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window. "Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire stateion. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster. - Back cover.
Authors: Puleo, Stephen
Title: Dark tide
the great Boston molasses flood of 1919
Publisher: Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, c2004
Characteristics: xi, 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Notes: With a new afterword
Contents: Author's note
Prologue : Isaac's demons
Part one : A monster in our midst. Deadline on the waterfront
Neighborhood weeping
Along the Gulf Stream
War and anarchy
Heavy load
Part two : Waves of terror. Before
Engulfed!
I am prepared to meet my God
Darkening skies
Part three : David vs. Goliath. One of the worst catastrophes
Factor of safety
A sordid story
Epilogue
List of deceased
Bibliographic essay
Summary: Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window. "Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire stateion. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster. - Back cover.
ISBN: 9780807050217
0807050210
Branch Call Number: 363.1196 P981d
F73.5 .P97 2004x
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen Puleo
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-248) and index
Subject Headings: Boston (Mass.) History 1865- Alcohol industry Accidents Massachusetts Boston History 20th century Molasses industry Accidents Massachusetts Boston History 20th century Industrial accidents Massachusetts Boston History 20th century Floods Massachusetts Boston History 20th century
Topical Term: Alcohol industry
Molasses industry
Industrial accidents
Floods
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Brian_Shaw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stephen Puleo does a nice job weaving the story of Boston around the Great Molasses Flood. Stephen is able to develop the characters and utilize Boston, national and international events to create an understanding of this time in Boston's history. Well worth the time to read.

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