The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
John U. Bacon. New York: William Morrow, 2017. 374 pp. Map. Biblio. Notes. Index. $29.99.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Charlie “Dora” Matykiewicz, U.S. Navy
It was a terrible accident. Two ships, one laden with high explosives, fought for right-of-way in the narrowest part of Halifax Harbor. The inevitable crunch led to an explosion one-fifth as powerful as the first atomic bomb. World War I–era Halifax was devastated. Best-selling sports and business author John Bacon tells the story, from the early days of Halifax to the ensuing litigation, in a well-researched and engaging book.