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. Volume XX Number 37. . . .May 23, 2014
Canadian Disasters details 43 of the largest-scale, most devastating catastrophes, storms, and accidents ever to occur in Canadian history. Beginning with the most well-known historical event, the sinking of the Titanic, Schmidt goes on to give a very human face to historically significant fires, landslides, coal mine collapses, ice storms, shipwrecks, airplane crashes, disease outbreaks and vehicle crashes.
Each account includes details of the manner in which the event affected one or more individuals or families directly involved, as well as a description of the impact of the disaster at a local and national level. Death tolls and economic losses are a particular focus throughout the book. Each event is recounted in such a way so as to build a sense of dread and foreboding in the reader. The stories are engaging, informative, and succinct, while inspiring empathy for the victims of each tragedy. The majority of these disasters (with the exception of the Titanic sinking) never appear in present-day news or textbooks, thus, I feel this book would be an excellent addition to a middle or high school Canadian history curriculum.
Amy Trepanier is the Teen Services Manager at Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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