Down Below: Two New Books Shed Light on Underground Boston
Two gritty tales debut this month: Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey and The Race Underground by Doug Most.
The cityâ€™s storied history lurks beneath our feet, as two authors remind us this month.Â In a 1999 attempt to finish a 10-mile sewage tunnel through the harbor, five divers went into the void, with no overhead lighting and only the oxygen they could carry. Boston Globe Magazine staffer Neil Swideyâ€™s Trapped Under the Seaâ€”which is drawing comparisons to The Perfect Stormâ€”details the tragic turn of their mission. And in The Race Underground, Globe deputy managing editor Doug Most traces the dramaticâ€”and often deadlyâ€”saga of Bostonâ€™s race against New York to build the nationâ€™s first subway system. The feud pits two brothers against each other and includes cameos by the likes of Thomas Edison, Boss Tweed, and Honey Fitz. By now,Â everyone knows Boston won the battleâ€”but since weâ€™re still stuck with the Green Line, we may have lost the war.
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