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READ KINDLE ì Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion 1917 ô The events of the horrific Halifax explosion are well documented on December the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and the Belgian relief ship Imo collide in the Halifax harbour Nearly , people are killed over , are injured The story of one of the world s worst non natural disasters has been told before, but never like thisIn 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 MacDonald weaves a panoramic chronicle of the astonishing international response to the explosion, telling of the generous donations of money and medical specialists made by the city of Boston, of how the number of horrific injuries to Halifax s children inspired startling developments in pediatric medicine, and exploring the disaster s chilling link to the creation of the atomic bombFilled with archival photos, defined by meticulous research andi nfused with a storyteller s sensibility, Curse of the Narrows is a compelling and powerful book Paradisul pierdut people are killed over Spearwood Academy are injured The story of one of the world s worst non natural disasters has been told before L'Epicurisme but never like thisIn a sweeping narrative High Intensity Interval Training Body Weight Edition: Beginner Level Curse of the Narrows tells a tale of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation Lab Rats: Why Modern Work Makes People Miserable retracing the steps of survivors through the wreckage of a city destroyed Laura M MacDonald weaves a panoramic chronicle of the astonishing international response to the explosion Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry telling of the generous donations of money and medical specialists made by the city of Boston The Age of the Bachelor: Creating an American Subculture of how the number of horrific injuries to Halifax s children inspired startling developments in pediatric medicine The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and exploring the disaster s chilling link to the creation of the atomic bombFilled with archival photos The Consumed Series defined by meticulous research andi nfused with a storyteller s sensibility The National Parks: America's Best Idea Curse of the Narrows is a compelling and powerful book Let s face it, I enjoy a good disaster book And this was one disaster I had never heard of I ve never been to Halifax But I guess I m half Canadian.This was one of the best Well researched, possibly a bit graphic But this was like a perfect storm of chain reactions a disaster in the harbor, causes a tsunami, causes a blizzard The explosion in the harbor should have been enough MacDonald goes in to vivid detail of how the explosion impacted the surrounding area Then, those who survived Let s face it, I enjoy a good disaster book And this was one disaster I had never heard of I ve never been to Halifax But I guess I m half Canadian.This was one of the best Well researched, possibly a bit graphic But this was like a perfect storm of chain reactions a disaster in the harbor, causes a tsunami, causes a blizzard The explosion in the harbor should have been enough MacDonald goes in to vivid detail of how the explosion impacted the surrounding area Then, those who survived the explosion of two ships one filled with armaments were faced with the tsunami washing over their shores Calls for help are going out But then they get a blizzard Both Canada and America are sending relief trains only to be stalled by the blizzard This was a very vivid book and one of the best I have read recently I could not put this book down This story makes the case for a phenomena that Malcolm Gladwell describes in Outliers in which in order for a horrific accident to occur 6 or 7 things have to go wrong simultaneously and that definitely happened here The combination of a narrow passage, a ship fully packed with TNT and 2 sorts of highly flammable bomb making ingredients and another ship coming towards the first ship and ignoring maritime laws for safe passage created a recipe for disaster Then, after the collision, with no way This story makes the case for a phenomena that Malcolm Gladwell describes in Outliers in which in order for a horrific accident to occur 6 or 7 things have to go wrong simultaneously and that definitely happened here The combination of a narrow passage, a ship fully packed with TNT and 2 sorts of highly flammable bomb making ingredients and another ship coming towards the first ship and ignoring maritime laws for safe passage created a recipe for disaster Then, after the collision, with no way to warn the population and with houses built right up on the wharf, catastrophe ensued To make matters worse, the explosion created a subsequent tsunami and that evening they were hit with a blizzard.The same mayor of Halifax had dealt with corpses from the sinking of the Titanic off the coast of Nova Scotia just 5 years earlier I have some issues with the book but I have to say that MacDonald has crafted a tidy account of what has to be the biggest disaster in Canadian history Without belaboring the obvious and summarizing the book, I will merely state that she starts at the beginning and carries on to way past the end of the disasterand what a disaster More than 2000 killed and 6000 wounded in the largest man made explosion to predate the atom bomb There is much that is gruesome in these pages, and no end of hea I have some issues with the book but I have to say that MacDonald has crafted a tidy account of what has to be the biggest disaster in Canadian history Without belaboring the obvious and summarizing the book, I will merely state that she starts at the beginning and carries on to way past the end of the disasterand what a disaster More than 2000 killed and 6000 wounded in the largest man made explosion to predate the atom bomb There is much that is gruesome in these pages, and no end of heartbreak for the doomed people of Halifax, but there is also much that is uplifting in the way that volunteers poured in unbidden to help rebuild broken lives and shattered dwellings Our neighbours to the south had a train on the way before they could even ascertain the extent of the carnage Volunteers, medications, clothing and building materials proffered unbidden from the generous people of the United States Bear in mind that communications to the city were pretty much obliterated by the explosion, and the relief party couldn t even get a response to their inquiries about whether help was neededthey sent it anyway MacDonald details the steps taken by these volunteers and gives them their due in this thoroughly researched and nicely written account.There is some sloppiness in the account, and it s hard to say who to blame it on Surely the publisher hires someone to proofread the publication On page 35 MacDonald identifies the BEF as the British Empire Force when for over a century now everyone else has been calling it the British Expeditionary Force And in the first sentence of Appendix B she startsOn November 21, 1917, nine days after Armistice was declaredSo, was that Armistice in 1918 not the real deal, or what In another page she refers to Prime Minister Borden as Premier Borden, a definite demotion for that illustrious gent But the one passage that had me scratching my head the most was this one that starts on page 71 Constant Upham, the grocer who alerted the fire department to the fire, was also killed instantly The back of his handsome grocery and supply store was ripped off its frame Upham s body was never found Most people assumed it washed out to sea Now, I ask you, how do you get killed instantly from someone whose body was never found Maybe he died an agonizing and lingering death being nibbled by sardines in the Bay of Fundy Maybe he lost his memory and ended his days as a missionary in the jungles of Ecuador We just don t know In the absence of a body or witnesses, we have a disappearance, not an instant death.There are other minor errors, probably typos, that should have been picked up, but I don t want to be niggling here The book is equipped with photographs, kinda, if you don t mind their being small and printed on the same coarse paper as the text I like my photos full size on glossy, if you please In brief, a good book with lots of further reading sources in the Sources, and the Appendices make for some good reading as well I had never heard of the Halifax disaster After reading this book I can t imagine why This is an event of catastrophic consequence To imagine the power of 2,925 tons of TNT exploding the results of which are unimaginable to anyone that was not there But this author does a amazing job of putting you there This book was incredible The Halifax disaster is truly a tragic yet amazing event No matter what you like to read this book should be good to anyone and everyone Plus I noticed I had never heard of the Halifax disaster After reading this book I can t imagine why This is an event of catastrophic consequence To imagine the power of 2,925 tons of TNT exploding the results of which are unimaginable to anyone that was not there But this author does a amazing job of putting you there This book was incredible The Halifax disaster is truly a tragic yet amazing event No matter what you like to read this book should be good to anyone and everyone Plus I noticed most of the poor reviews mention their disliking of the description of the carnage created by the blast What did you expect A couple boo boos and a bruise, or maybe a bump on the head Almost 3000 TONS of dynamite exploded I m sure the descriptions of injuries in this book could have been much worse than it was Here s a bit of advice If you don t like to read about people being hurt, DON T READ DISASTER BOOKS Fires, hurricanes, explosions, tornados, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, etc kill people So these would be subjects to avoid if you dislike carnage If you re curious to know what kind of damage almost 3000 tons of dynamite would do, this book will tell you