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Massachusetts Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival (True Stories of Tragedy and Survival)
Twenty of Massachusetts' most catastrophic incidents due to natural and other causes are recounted here. Featured are the 1874 Mill River flood, the blizzard of 1888, the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston's North End, the 1953 Worcester tornado, and four shipwrecks, including the crash of the passenger steamer City of Columbus off Martha's Vineyard in January 1884.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Globe Pequot
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I live in Massachusetts and I did not know all of these stories! I found it interesting but it made me feel a little sad reading tragedy after tragedy. Thankfully not everyone mentioned in the book dies in the events and it is always uplifting to hear about the brave souls that risk everything, just to help a total stranger!