The Great Halifax Explosion

The Great Halifax Explosion

A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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An account of the Great Halifax explosion of 1917 when the freighter Mont-Blanc, carrying six million pounds of explosives, detonated, sending a shockwave that leveled the surrounding city.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062666536
Characteristics: ix, 418 pages : illustrations, map


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Jan 29, 2019

This was quite an enlightening book. I knew nothing about this event and the impact that it had not only on Canada, but the United States. A disaster story and the courage and resilience of the people it directly impacted.

It started off a bit slow, but this is due to Mr. Bacon having to provide the reader with quite a bit of background information as well as some insights into some of the main characters who rose to met the challenges presented by this disaster.

Once the background and other necessary information is presented, you dive right into the disaster, how it occurred, and the immediate impact it had upon Halifax, Canada. Anything said beyond this point will be a spoiler. What I can say is this event at the time was one of the great disasters of the world and the lives lost, the courage and heroism of the survivors, and the reaction of Canada and the United States to help and aid Halifax and how this aid was accomplished.

The research and background Mr. Bacon conducted brings to the reader a highly insightful and well documented to bring to the reader, a story which almost went into history forgotten.

Again, after getting off to a bit of a slow start, this book engages you and brings you to ground zero of horrible disaster. You feel as you were there. Well written and told, this is a book worth reading, especially if you are a history buff.

" In 1889 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, several days of heavy rain brought tragedy when the dam at Lake Conemaugh finally broke, sending a gigantic wave of water and smashed houses hurtling toward the blue-collar town below, killing more than 2000 people. When some victims sued the country club where the Carnegies, Mellons, and other local millionaires vacationed, which owned the faulty dam, the courts ruled it was 'an act of God.' "

DBRL_Nathan Mar 01, 2018

The story Bacon weaves around the fateful events in December 1917 in Halifax, NS is very engaging. The courageous spirit of the people of Halifax and Nova Scotia, Canada as well as the kindness and generosity of the people of Boston is truly inspiring.

ArapahoeKati Dec 27, 2017

An engaging and detailed account of a horrific disaster that not many people have heard of.

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