Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops

The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah KopsThis book tells about a part of history that I was not aware of. In 1919, due to faulty engineering, a huge tank of molasses in Boston burst flooding the area and killing 21 people. The story is illustrated with photographs from the event and explains the history surrounding it. Due to the impending prohibition, and the fact that the molasses was intended for making rum, lots of molasses had been recently delivered thus filling the tank to capacity when it then burst. Stories of several of the people who were there are told as well as the political situation and the trial proceedings. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

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