About Steve

Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, teacher, public speaker, and communications professional. His six narrative nonfiction works include:

  • American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address (2016)
  • The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War  (2012)
  • A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900  (2010)
  • The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day  (2007)
  • Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56  (2005)
  • Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919  (2003)

All of his books have been Boston regional bestsellers. In addition, Steve’s books have been reviewed favorably by the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, The National Review, Forbes.com, C-SPAN, the Associated Press, the Portland Press Herald, the Providence Journal, the Denver Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Hartford Courant, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes and Noble Review.com, the Fredericksburg Star, ForeWord magazine, and Publishers Weekly.

An experienced, dynamic, and in-demand speaker and presenter, he has made more than 450 public appearances, before thousands of readers, since the publication of his first book, Dark Tide, in 2003. Events have included bookstore signings, keynote addresses, presentations at libraries, historical societies, community events, seminars, panel discussions, industry events, professional associations, book clubs (more than 50 have chosen his books), newspaper and magazine interviews, radio and television appearances, and appearances at universities, and public and private K-12 schools. His books have been woven into the curricula of numerous high schools and colleges. More than 20 communities have selected his books as “community-wide reads.” Steve also conducts book-club tours of Boston’s North End, one of the nation’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods.

His showcase appearances include serving as keynote speaker at the Northeast Regional Association of the Social Studies (more than 600 history teachers); as a guest speaker for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Massachusetts Superior Court; and as a panel participant with Italian-American and Jewish-American scholars entitled Italy and the Holocaust: The Calabria Connection, presented at UMass-Boston.

A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor of feature stories and book reviews to publications that include American History magazine and the Boston Globe, Puleo has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston, and also has developed and taught numerous writing workshops for high school and college students, as well as for adults who aspire to be writers. He holds a master’s degree in history from UMass-Boston (1994), where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement and was the Graduate Convocation keynote speaker. His master’s thesis is entitled From Italy to Boston’s North End: Italian Immigration and Settlement, 1890-1910). He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UMass-Boston.

In addition to his strong writing background, Steve has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, corporate communications, speechwriting, speech coaching, and marketing. He has won numerous corporate communications awards and has been both a keynote speaker and panelist at communications conferences.

Steve is the past recipient of the prestigious i migliori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and made important contributions to society. Steve and his wife, Kate, who live south of Boston, donate a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).