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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.
It has been a good 40 years since I first read Walter Lord's account of the Titanic's sinking. Many other books have been written and movies made since then (and I have read most... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mary Faith Suarez
Can't get enough facts about one of the greatest true stories of all times. I would love to see Mr. Lord's family tree. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gpamac
This was a great book. Truly puts you in the boat that fateful night. Classic.. I recommend it very much.Published 22 days ago by Kevin Foley
This was a thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable book. Efficiently written and sprinkled with hundreds of gripping anecdotes, I recommend this to anyone interested in the Totanic.Published 27 days ago by SP King
I enjoyed this book and loved learning some facts about this tragedy that I didn't already know. I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Marnie April
Awesome tale, told with care. XLNT quality, classic memoirs, happy here!Published 1 month ago by deedeewheeee