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Curse of the Narrows
Curse of the Narrows | Laura Mac Donald
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Finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-FictionNational BestsellerThe events of the horrific Halifax explosion are well documented: on December 6, 1917, the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and the Belgian relief ship Imo collide in the Halifax harbour. Nearly 2,000 people are killed; over 9,000 more are injured. The story of one of the world's worst non-natural disasters has been told before, but never like this.In a sweeping narrative, Curse of the Narrows tells a tale of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, retracing the steps of survivors through the wreckage of a city destroyed. Laura M. Mac Donald weaves apanoramic chronicle of the astonishing international response to the explosion, telling of the generous donations of money and medical specialists made by thecity of Boston, of how the number of horrific injuries to Halifax's childreninspired startling developments in pediatric medicine, and exploring the disaster's chilling link to the creation of the atomic bomb.Filled with archival photos, defined by meticulous research and infused with a storyteller's sensibility, Curse of the Narrows is a compelling and powerful book.
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Curse of the Narrows | Laura M. Mac Donald
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#KeepLitsyAlive #Disasters

Before Hiroshima, there was Halifax. In 1917 the busy Canadian port was crowded with ships leaving for war-torn Europe. On December 6, two of them, the Mont Blanc and the Imo, collided in the hard-to-navigate Narrows of the harbor. Within minutes, the Mont Blanc, ablaze, grounded against the city's docks. The explosion that followed would devastate the city and shock the world.

ljuliel Wow, great review, Eadie. It sounds interesting. Another one I‘ve not heard of ! 2mo
DrexEdit 😨😨😨 2mo
Andrew65 Sounds good, don‘t know this one. 2mo
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EadieB @ljuliel Thanks! It is a very interesting book! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl I live close to that the area, we all know it as the Halifax Explosion. My husband‘s entire family hails from Nova Scotia. (edited) 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere I listened to a podcast on the Halifax Explosion - so interesting! I'd never heard of it before 2mo
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A good choice if you want a comprehensive overview of the circumstances surrounding the Halifax Explosion. In particular, transcripts from the trial of pilot Francis Mackey demonstrate the importance of clear communication in this type of situation.

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A surprising LOL moment in what is otherwise a deeply sobering book.

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This may be a reference to Hugh MacLennan's father, Samuel. Hugh recounts the story of his family's "own private explosion" in the essay "An Orange from Portugal" (found in the collection Cross-Country). See here:
http://litsy.com/p/NjJQTm1BU1dT