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A Titanic funnel falls, almost hitting a lifeboat--and consequently washing it 30 yards away from the wreck, saving all lives aboard. One man calmly rides the vertical boat down as it sinks, steps into the sea, and doesn't even get his head wet while waiting to be successfully rescued. On one side of the boat, almost no males are permitted in the lifeboats; on the other, even a male Pekingese dog gets a seat. Lord includes a crucial, tragically ironic drama Cameron couldn't fit into the film: the failure of the nearby ship Californian to save all those aboard the sinking vessel because distress lights were misread as random flickering and the telegraph was an early wind-up model that no one wound.
Lord's account is also smarter about the horrifying class structure of the disaster, which Cameron reduces to hollow Hollywood formula. No children died in the First and Second Class decks; 53 out of 76 children in steerage died. According to the press, which regarded the lower-class passengers as a small loss to society, "The night was a magnificent confirmation of women and children first, yet somehow the loss rate was higher for Third Class children than First Class men." As the ship sank, writes Lord, "the poop deck, normally Third Class space ... was suddenly becoming attractive to all kinds of people." Lord's logic is as cold as the Atlantic, and his bitter wit is quite dry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord is the best telling of the sinking of the Titanic.
When you read this, go see the movie again, a lot of some things that appear in this book as fact are also in the movie, which made it more heart wrenching and REAL.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the saga of the Titanic.
A good read, but it lacks the drama one would expect from such a story. And one should be steeped in nautical terms, otherwise the tendency is to get lost.Published 2 days ago by Beeznet
I found this a very interesting and factual account of Titanic tragedy. Having seen the movie, I could provide mental pictures to the narrative I was reading. Read morePublished 20 days ago by John K. Strickler
Doesn't make any sense I had no idea what was going on in this book. I wish that I could rate it lowerPublished 23 days ago by griff
The audio book is an excellent format for Lord's story on the sinking of the Titanic. The English narrator gives the perfect intonation to the historical event and draws the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Frazier
I have always been fascinated by the Titanic tragedy. I think this is the ultimate Titanic book. Lord interviewed survivors to put together the events factually and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 2CatsLady
This is a GREAT read and even after all these years is still considered the Titanic Bible! Walter Lord's writing draws you right into the Edwardian Era, and since he wrote much of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth Ann
I haven't read this story in years. It didn't take long to get into the story. But like other books on the Titanic, it still leaves a lot of unanswered questions about that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Evans
Excellent book, and probably one extreme force for the basis of the most accurate movie depiction.Published 1 month ago by Rik Thompson