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The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

On January 15, 1919, the headlines read – “Huge Molasses Tank Explodes in North End; 11 Dead, 50 Hurt.” In Boston, a tank filled with 2,300,000 gallons of molasses had exploded creating waves 50 feet high. That wave swept everything before it. 100 men, women and children were caught in the sticky stream. Buildings, vehicles and structures crushed. The book takes us through the horrors of the explosion, the rescue work, and into the court hearings to decide who should be blamed. Interesting tidbits of history are interspersed throughout the book. The Great Molasses Flood was a fascinating read that I believe will not only entertain history buffs, but those of us that are amazed by how “odd” things can be.

Polly R.

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