Award winning fiction, Award winning non-fiction, Canadian non-fiction, Canadian history, World War II
In May 1945, the city of Halifax erupted in a riot - a two-day orgy or boozing, looting, window-smashing, dancing in the streets, public fornication, and mindless mayhem to 'celebrate' the end of the war. The paternalism, privations, overcrowding, and… tensions of a city at war created a situation waiting to explode, and an admiral's pride provided the match that set it off. Includes interviews with the people who lived through it - sailors, slackers (civilians), street urchins, prohibitionists, spies, profiteers, reporters, and just plain local folks. Some strong language. Winner of the 2004 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 2002.