Read: Dark Tide (Stephen Puleo)

This book tells the story of the great Boston Molasses flood.

The book can be roughly divided into thirds.  One third covers the actual Molasses flood.  The second covers the Civil Trial related to the event.  I liked learning the story of the people, the tank, the flood, and the trial.  The final third (laboriously) covers the political climate and history around the time of the events.  This part seemed to drag on, but really was necessary to give context of the history.

1915 was a vastly different time.  Today's NIMBY groups would literally combust at the idea of constructing something like this in a busy commercial district of the Boston waterfront.