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Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever baked with or seen molasses, you know that it is a substance that can make quite a mess. Now imagine if a 50 foot tall tank of molasses broke and let forth its contents on the world. That is exactly what happened in Boston in 1919. Puelo’s non-fiction book “Dark Tide” covers the infamous boston molasses flood and its aftermath.

Puelo writes with a style similar to many other non-fiction works that I’ve read in the last few years in that he attempts to put thoughts into the heads of individuals. This may make it more readable to a larger audience but some people may be put off if they are looking for a “just the facts” telling of the disaster.

I rate this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. I liked the parts about before the flood and the immediate aftermath much more than I did the last few chapters about the resultant legal proceedings (that went on for years…and reading about them felt like it took years…).  I recommend this book to residents of the Boston area who want to know more about this sticky bit of Boston history.

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