Review: The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Great Halifax Explosion is a historical depiction of the tragedy which took place in the Halifax harbour in 1917. As a Canadian history buff; I thought I knew a lot about what transpired on that dreadful December 6, 1917, but I was wrong. On that day, it is estimated that 2,000 people were killed, 9,000 wounded and 6.6 square kilometres (2.5 square miles) were destroyed in one-fifteenth of a second blast. Never in the history of mankind, had such shocking event taken place. John U. Bacon did an extraordinary job researching for this book. Each account added a new dimension to this horrific event. The book honours the astonishing heroism that took place which saved thousands of people. From a disastrous experience came so much positive. The branches of ophthalmology and pediatrics made astounding advancements, the relationship between Canada and the U.S. was transformed from adversaries to allies, and the resilience of mankind triumphed. This is a must-read for all Canadians… Lest we forget!

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