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The Resource The great Halifax explosion : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism, John U. Bacon

The great Halifax explosion : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism, John U. Bacon

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The great Halifax explosion : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism
Title
The great Halifax explosion
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a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism
Statement of responsibility
John U. Bacon
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Language
eng
Summary
"After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT--the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands. The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction. Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon's deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, bravery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times"--From the publisher's web site
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Summary
A gripping account of the world's largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb describes the events that led to the catastrophic igniting of the French freighter Mont-Blanc in 1917 Halifax, killing and wounding thousands while leading to advances in medicine and weapons science.
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10574461
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1964-
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Bacon, John U.
Dewey number
971.6/22503
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Halifax Explosion (Nova Scotia : 1917)
  • Halifax Explosion, Halifax, N.S., 1917
  • Explosions
  • Large type books
  • Explosions
  • Large type books
  • Halifax (N.S.)
  • Nova Scotia
Target audience
adult
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a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism
Label
The great Halifax explosion : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism, John U. Bacon
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 607-619)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1905794
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First HarperLuxe edition.
Extent
ix, 619 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780062686992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062686992
  • (OCoLC)972383677
Label
The great Halifax explosion : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism, John U. Bacon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 607-619)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1905794
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First HarperLuxe edition.
Extent
ix, 619 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780062686992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062686992
  • (OCoLC)972383677

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