“It’s been quite a while since I’ve read anything—fiction or nonfiction—so enthralling.”—Dennis Lehane
“Stephen Puleo’s new book is more evidence of the urban role in civilization, as it reminds us of the remarkable accomplishments of late nineteenth-century Boston.”—Edward Glaeser,The New Republicbook blog
“Stephen Puleo, a historian of Boston who has written about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and the Italian community in the North End, takes a wider view in his new book,A City So Grand.The cast of characters includes Frederick Douglass and Alexander Graham Bell. The Big Dig equivalents are the opening of the city’s underground subway system and the Great Boston Railroad Jubilee marking the beginning of train service to Montreal and Chicago.”—Jan Gardner,The Boston Globe
“‘No period in Boston’s history was more dynamic’ than the second half of the 19th century, writes Puleo in this smoothly narrated account of that time and place. . . . Despite tensions and disasters, Boston emerged as one of the world’s leading cities. . . . A thorough history.”—Publishers Weekly
Stephen Puleois the author of theBoston Globebest sellerThe Boston Italiansand of the critically acclaimed Boston-area best sellerDark 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 teaches at Suffolk University. He and his wife, Kate, live in the Boston area.