Very refreshing history story of the birth of Toronto and beyond Very accessible for all levels of interest in the subject A fascinating book Very well written with amazing revelations about so many contributors to the city of Toronto Highly recommended Such interesting true stories that you won t really find anywhere else, with exceptional detail I couldn t put it down Interesting to hear the forgotten stories of those that have had a hand in shaping our city.
I live in Toronto and I m always looking for books about the history of Toronto so that s why this one caught my eye.
The stories are all focused on death with a Toronto connection The first story is about the discovery of a 700 year old mass grave while they were building a subdivision in Scarborough in the 1950s The last story is about the death of Garry Hoy, a 38 year old lawyer who in 1993 tested the window on the 24th floor in his downtown office building by hurling his body at it only to have the window pop out.
Other stories include the War of 1812 when the Americans attacked Fort York, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse ghost, cholera in the early 1800s, a connection of Toronto s first black licensed doctor to Abraham Lincoln s death, passenger pigeons which are now extinct , Sir Henry Pellatt of Casa Loma fame, Ruth Lowe who wrote the song that launched Frank Sinatra s career, Lucy Maud Montgomery s suicide, Hurricane Hazel, the fire that destroyed the ship the Noronic, Jim Black who was first Canadian AIDS patient to go public, and At the back of the book, there is an extensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading.
I wasn t sure what to expect with this book but I found it interesting I liked the writing style It was written in a straight forward manner with not a lot of details but just enough When I came across something especially interesting I wanted to know about, I would stop and Google the subject for information I think anyone living in Toronto and elsewhere would find this book worth reading.