What Readers Are Saying

What Readers Are Saying About Steve’s Books

Word-of-mouth is critically important in the book business, so thanks to those of you –including many book club members! – who have recommended my books to friends and associates, posted reviews online, or corresponded with me by email (spuleo@aol.com) or through Facebook. I really appreciate it.

Excerpted (with permission) from correspondence sent to spuleo@aol.com:

Bill Brigham

Mr. Puleo, my girlfriend introduced me to you when we both attended your discussion of Voyage of Mercy last December at the Tufts Library in Weymouth. I never knew how bad the suffering was and how the English treated the whole situation criminally.

The next book I read was Dark Tide. I had known about the great molasses explosion, but you brought the history of the industry in Boston, New York, and Baltimore to light. So much detail I could place myself right there.

Next Due to Enemy Action. I learned so much about submarines and how much damage the German U Boats caused to our shipping at the beginning of WWII I just couldn’t believe it. [and] …. how Paul Lawton just happened upon the story at a bar with the children of one of the men killed when the Eagle 56 was torpedoed off Portland.

The last book I just finished was City So Grand. I have lived in the area my whole life and have heard/read about many things about Boston, but never in the depth you write. I really learned a lot of all the improvements/contributions made in Boston.

I think you are such an incredible writer being able to tell me so much history in detail from all your research. I hope to pick up some of your other books soon.

Jo Ellen Chatham

I have enjoyed reading American Treasures for the second time and have recommended it to many friends. I believe stories are the most effective way of teaching American history and… capture peoples’ attention. Hopefully, they drive readers to want to learn more. Your book is filled with nuggets of history that do stimulate further interest…so thank you!

Gavan Doane

I live in the very small town of Pekin, Indiana, and have lived here my entire life. I am 21 years old and will be starting my junior year of college this fall, studying Health Sciences. I have always had an interest in history, particularly the early history of America. Recently I purchased your book, American Treasures. This is the first of your works which I have read and I assure you it will not be the last. The task in saving and preserving America’s founding documents is not only captivating, but reminds me I live in a country based on liberty and “imperishable principles. (One of my favorite quotes thus far). I can say that reading American Treasures around July 4th is nothing short of interesting and has provided me with new and intriguing information. As I stated above, this will not be the last of your books I will read. Your work is amazing!

Laura Duffy

I recently finished your outstanding book, A City So Grand… First, thank you for approaching your subject—Boston from 1850 to 1900—in such a coherent, readable way. I’m a history-hound and native of Jamaica Plain. I thought I knew Boston’s history better than the average person; you sure straightened me out…The way you chose to end A City So Grand, with Edward Everett Hall speaking and praying in front of the state house on the evening of December 31, 1899, followed by the ringing of bells, caused me to break down. We have lost so much—in a way, our souls—since that time. We can’t go backwards, but as Alexis de Tocqueville said: “When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.”

Peter Cokkinias

I’m looking forward to Voyage of Mercy and getting your autographed copy. Your books have been quite inspiring and opened my eyes to part of history which I find stunning and important! Your research is always critical and so very well done!

Dan Trame

On behalf of our Gifted and Talented Program at Walton Verona High School in Walton, Ky, we can’t thank Stephen Puleo enough for his efforts, knowledge, and commitment to teaching our students about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919. Stephen’s presentation and tour of the North Side of Boston as well as the events surrounding the Molasses Tragedy was insightful, interesting, and impeccable. Our students were enlightened by their experience and time spent with Stephen who also organized our lunch and a remarkable tour of the USS Constitution. We were extremely fortunate to be affiliated with Stephen and thank him for this amazing educational experience!!!

Roger Hagopian

Voyage of Mercy touched me deeply as the son of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. I connected with the plight of the Irish as if they were my own.

My father and his family were refugees from the city of Van in Ottoman Turkey and had fled along with hundreds of thousands of Armenians toward Russia and Persia. The American Committee for Relief in the Near East (NER) was formed 6 months into the genocide and set up tent cities, orphanages, and hospitals at the destinations of these hordes of evacuees and deportees. This is yet another example of America at its finest.

My paternal grandfather eventually worked in food distribution and my grandmother, as second in charge at a large orphanage in the capital of Yerevan, Armenia, then part of the Russian Empire. So they were rescued by and later worked for the NER.

Thank you for your meticulous research on an America that has had many moments of glory, but none shine brighter than those which have lifted up so many downtrodden peoples throughout the world.

Sean Polreis

I have been a huge fan of Boston since I was a little child & have remained so my entire life.  It is what led me to find your book A City So Grand.  I found it unbelievably insightful & engaging.  I immediately fell in love with your work.  I then read Dark Tide & was similarly affected.  I just finished The Caning & have been blown away a third time.  Although I am extremely sorry to have discovered you a bit late in my life, I am thrilled that I still have books to look forward to.  Next up will be The Boston Italians or Voyage of Mercy.

Part of this email is simply to express my most sincere thanks & admiration.  I have found no other author who has the touch you have with this type of historical writing. It has been a real thrill to have discovered you.

Jason Young

I wanted to tell you I just discovered Dark Tide last week and finished reading it last evening. Such an enthralling read about an amazingly surreal event that I discovered via a random post on Instagram. Thank you for all the obvious hard work you put into researching the subject. The book is packed with facts yet retains such a breeziness of reading that I couldn’t put it down (aside from when I needed to work, sleep, or entertain my two-year old). Looking forward to seeking out more of your work.

Tom Levis

My wife and I recently had the very great pleasure of reading your magnificent Voyage of Mercy. Despite the fact that both of our families emigrated from Ireland we knew nothing of this story…We plan to give copies of your book to our family and friends with the following inscription:  ‘We live in a period of great hate, madness and violence! To read Stephen Puleo’s Voyage of Mercy is to happily learn that America was better than this and can again be better than this.  We can also gain a great insight to the struggles of our Irish ancestors whose shoulders we stand upon.’  [We] look forward to reading your other books.”

 

Selected Amazon reviews on “Voyage of Mercy”

Janet C.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of American compassion during the Irish potato famine.
Great book! I didn’t know anything about the potato famine of Ireland and how Americans stepped up to rescue them from starvation.

Jon Fadiman

4.0 out of 5 stars Most Informative. Well written.
A very interesting exposition about a subject that many of us Americans know very little about. I learned a great deal, and the writing is so vivid that the reader becomes engrossed in the presentation of the entire history. Sometimes, I felt that I was being told more than I wanted to know, and the author was perhaps too intent on simply getting down everything that he had researched on every aspect of his subject. Overall, an excellent book.

RF

5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, educational, and inspirational
Amazing book! The author did an incredible job of researching the facts and putting all of the information together in a captivating way. I learned much about Irish history and about the assistance America gave to Ireland during a horrific time in Irish history. I highly recommend this book.

Kindle Customer

4.0 out of 5 stars interesting.
Brought to light how devastating the famine was.

Riley Bowers

5.0 out of 5 stars A Generous and Powerfully Told Story
In telling the story of two bold men and a landmark relief mission at the height of the Irish potato famine, Stephen Puleo delivers another one of those stories we’re better off knowing. His curiosity is exhaustive. His instincts are sound. The language is vigorous and generous. You’d be hard-pressed to find greater value in the hours spent reading this one.

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, detailed historical account.
The Irish potato famine did a lot to change our American culture, both short and long term. Too many of us, while we “know about it”, cannot fully realize its impact or the people involved in dealing with it. This book relates that, with great detail. As one who does not have Irish ancestry, I have gained enormous knowledge and understanding.

Karen

5.0 out of 5 stars Another event brought to life by a great author
I love the way this author can bring history to life. The extensive research he does on the people involved makes you appreciate the importance of every event he discusses. This is the way history should be taught!
I’ve read Voyage of Mercy and Dark Tide. What Ive learned about the events, the people and how these stories shaped our lives today and what we need to continue to learn from the events has been enlightening. I have two more books ordered.