Kresta in the Afternoon – January 3, 2018 – Hour 2

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+  #1: Heroic Stories from the Great Halifax Explosion (full hour)

  • Description: We recently discussed the Great Halifax Explosion, the 1917 eruption of a munitions ship that was the largest manmade explosion in history until the atomic bomb. The 100th anniversary of the tragedy was on December 6 of this year. John U. Bacon joins us with a closer look at the tragedy and the extraordinary, but forgotten, stories of heroism that emerged in its wake.
  • Segment Guests:
    • John U. Bacon
      John U Bacon is the author of The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy and Heroism. He's also written the New York Times bestsellers "Three and Out" and "Fourth and Long." He appears often on NPR and national TV. He teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and at the University of Michigan.
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    • The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

      The astonishing true story of history's largest manmade explosion before the atomic bomb, and its world-changing aftermath, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon 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 shcokwave 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, brvery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times. (learn more)

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