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This book, the most comprehensive ever written on the Explosion, details the terrific devastation, the aftermath and the restoration. It encompasses dozens of previously unpublished stories, photographs, and documents, along with some thought-provoking coverage of the inquiry into the disaster. A best- selling book from its first printing in 1989, this new edition has an ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Nimbus
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Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, world-war-1
Thoughts: Historical Events that occurred close to the 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion
1. Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) concludes on 10 November 1917.
2. Balfour Declaration – 17 November 1917.
3. Halifax Explosion at 9:04 AM on 6 December 1917. Total of 2,000 deaths and 9,000 injured.
4. Russians Depart Eastern Front – Treaty effective on 17 December 1917 with the Central Powers.
5. Canadian PM Robert Borden wins a landslide election – 17 December 1917.
6. Ironically, 7 December
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, history
This is the book to read about the Halifax Explosion. Written in the late 1980s, when the author was able to interview many of the survivors who were still alive, it is the culmination of almost a decade of work by Kitz.

She had spent much time, not only interviewing survivors, but also in working on the bags of possessions found with people who were unidentified and comparing these with the lists of those missing presumed dead.

This book is the result of a great deal of painstaking research,
Chantelle Robinson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent recount of the Halifax explosion. It was the second largest man-made explosion after the atomic bombs in Japan. Incredible story of a devastated community coming together.
Joan Huehnerhoff
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This really brought the 1917 Halifax explosion to light. We watched the mini-series, which was okay. but I wanted to know more. The survivors had true grit. They hauled themselves up by the bootstraps and survived.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about one of those train wreck situations where you can't look away. I always feel mildly uncomfortable being 'entertained' by disasters and anguish experienced by others but nonetheless it was a fascinating event. One hundred year anniversary coming up here soon in December, 2017.
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Shelves: 2015
This was just the craziest thing. And tragic.

I would not say this is the most well-written book ever, but it is the most thorough for the topic and is not difficult to read. Totally fascinating story.
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