The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story Of Treachery, Tragedy, And Extraordinary Heroism
- World War I, Best of 2017
Igniting the modern world
On December 6, 1917, the freighter Mont-Blanc-laden with a staggering six million pounds of explosives bound for the battlefields of France-slipped into Halifax Harbor. As the floating powder keg was waiting to dock, she was struck by the Norwegian relief ship Imo, generating a blast that leveled 325 acres of Halifax, killing more than 1,000 people and wounding 9,000 more. The explosion would revolutionize ophthalmology and pediatrics; transform Canada and the U.S. from adversaries to allies; and point the way toward the future of atomic weaponry.
In a gripping narrative that reads like a novel, John U. Bacon recounts this epic tragedy and the long shadow the world's first "weapon of mass destruction" still casts on our world today.
"The most destructive moment of World War I occurred far from the Western Front, in Canada, where an explosion blew a city apart but propelled two nations together. John U. Bacon, a superbly talented historian and story teller, has rescued from obscurity an astonishing episode of horror and heroism."-George F. Will
"The Great Halifax Explosion is absorbing from first page to last. With deep research and evocative writing, John U. Bacon has brought back to life this devastating wartime event and illuminated its lasting meaning."-David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Once in a Great City
"When I first encountered the Halifax Explosion, I knew immediately it was a tick-tock of a story just waiting to become a book. John U. Bacon is clearly the perfect writer for the job, able to keep you awake reading hours after your spouse has turned out the lights. In this suspenseful tale of heartbreak and heroism, Bacon deftly recreates a world at war and sheds new light on one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century."-Beth Macy, author of Factory Man
"Fans of Ken Burns, Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat, and John Hersey's Hiroshima will find in John Bacon's meticulous reporting a story that literally rocked the world. This is a story with an enormous heart; this is an author with astounding range."-Doug Stanton, author of The Odyssey of Echo Company
About the Author
John U. Bacon has written for The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the New York Times, and ESPN Magazine, among other publications, earning national honors. He is the author of several books on sports and business, including the New York Times bestsellers Three and Out and Endzone.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||November 7, 2017|