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Shattered City:: The Halifax Explosion and the Road to Recovery

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In December 1917, Halifax was alive with excitement. The streets were filled with troops, and the city, far removed from the bitter fighting in Europe, was reaping all the advantages of war. On the morning of December 6, however, the wartime bloodshed came to Halifax with a vengeance when a French munitions ship and a Belgian relief vessel collided in the harbour. The muni ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Nimbus Publishing (CN) (first published December 31st 1989)
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Jul 11, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canadian history buffs
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: reading Barometer Rising, which is set around the time of the Explosion
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An excellent read about one of the largest man-made explosions in history. If you haven't heard of the Halifax Explosion, it was a disaster that occurred on December 6, 1917, in the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A Belgian relief vessel, the Imo, collided with the French Mont Blanc, which was carrying an impressive array of explosives. (I can't remember the details, but my highly technical appraisal of the description was "that is a LOT of explosives.") Unfortunately relativ
A bit dry. Lots of stats and figures. She tries to give it the human element by including details about several given families, but lacks the skill as a writer to truly make any sort of through line. Family charts would have helped. Also, a more legible map of Halifax at the time as well as before and after maps of the explosion and a modern day map showing the area of devastation.
There is a great amount of valuable information and plenty of individual accounts in this book, all of which I would love to rate higher. However, this book was dry, redundant, disjointed, and full of incomplete thoughts. Paragraphs and sentences have so little flow at times that it becomes hard to paint the full picture. But speaking of pictures, this book has many facinating photos.
There's an interesting story here, but sadly, the book is written as a simple recitation of facts and figures. There are a lot of people here with some fascinating stories to tell, but even when the author tries to get in close for a good look at someone, she seems unable to really empathize with her subjects. While the story is intriguing, the delivery of it is not.
Tim Petersik
Great account of the wartime explosion in Halifax Harbor and its devastation of the lives of people in the city.
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