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Remembering the Dark Tide

Steven Puleo, who wrote the book on the Great Molasses Flood, which happened 90 years ago today, explains what it's like to write a book about something like that:

At first, the woman in front of me jumped a bit when I popped my head over the seatback and said, "Would you like me to autograph that?"

We had just taken off from Charlotte, on a connector flight from Boston to Hilton Head, and her movement had caught my eye when she pulled a copy of Dark Tide from her bag and settled in to read. When I asked the question, she glanced quickly from me to the book and back to me again, and said, "No – you're not…are you?" But there's no author's photo on the paperback, after all, so she wasn't entirely sure. ...

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In mechanical engineering and materials engineering, undergraduate cousework includes a review the disaster. It is a classic example of a sticky confluence of design and fabrication problems, wear and tear, and (most of all) the critical role of ductle to brittle transition temperatures in failures of plate steel.

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Incompetence and CYA'ness, as Puleo explains in his book.

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Received it as a present a few years back, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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This book is the selection for a city-wide reading program in Medford this spring. I just read it and found it very interesting. I whipped right through it. It holds your attention even though you know what's going to happen. I learned quite a bit about some local history, too. I had always heard of the molasses flood, but didnt' know much about it.

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