True Stories from Nova Scotia's Past

True Stories from Nova Scotia s Past CBC Radio s Information Morning history columnist Dianne Marshall is well known for the lively and surprising true stories she tells about Nova Scotia s past Now the best of them have been gathered to

  • Title: True Stories from Nova Scotia's Past
  • Author: Dianne Marshall
  • ISBN: 9781459501331
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • CBC Radio s Information Morning history columnist Dianne Marshall is well known for the lively and surprising true stories she tells about Nova Scotia s past Now the best of them have been gathered together in this enjoyable book.The stories cover 250 years of Nova Scotia history, often featuring people who don t make it into conventional history books These incredible aCBC Radio s Information Morning history columnist Dianne Marshall is well known for the lively and surprising true stories she tells about Nova Scotia s past Now the best of them have been gathered together in this enjoyable book.The stories cover 250 years of Nova Scotia history, often featuring people who don t make it into conventional history books These incredible accounts include the plot to assassinate US President Abraham Lincoln using germ warfare, hatched by several prominent Halifax businessmen and a visiting American doctor a posse of 1,000 armed men swarming the city after a burglary, firing so many shots that some First World War vets thought war had broken out at home and the story of Halifax madam Julia Donovan, whose prison term for keeping a bawdy house was commuted to a 100 fine in return for her work to elect the city s next mayor Other stories in the collection feature characters from rum running days at Smuggler s Cove in Digby County, and ghost busters in Antigonish County.Dianne Marshall has an eye for character, a firm knowledge of historical context and a focus on what makes a good story She brings many ordinary Nova Scotians with extraordinary experiences back to life in this readable collection.

    One thought on “True Stories from Nova Scotia's Past”

    1. I have heard a lot of Diane Marshall's presentations on CBC Information Morning and this book is pretty much more of the same. I have to say the pieces seem to work better as audio anecdotes told as she roams Halifax and its environs. That's not to say this is a bad book. It's just that (as the blurb on the back of the book notes) Marshall is an amateur historian and often features "people who didn't make it into conventional history books." I'd say the book borders on that shadowy realm between [...]

    2. I really liked these stories from deep into Nova Scotia's past. There is a lot of history and I am pleased the author, Dianne Marshall, has taken the time and effort to write about these true and sometimes surprising events and share them with all of us.

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