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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.
I enjoyed this book and loved learning some facts about this tragedy that I didn't already know. I highly recommend it.Published 4 days ago by Marnie April
Awesome tale, told with care. XLNT quality, classic memoirs, happy here!Published 8 days ago by deedeewheeee
Although Lord's work was published in 1955, it's stood up well over the course of 60 years. He weaves an engrossing tale of facts, conjecture and skillfully gives the reader a... Read morePublished 8 days ago by empressT
One of the best accounts of the events both before and after the tragedy of the Titanic. Well written by Sir Walter Lord and informative as well as entertaining. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Cricket S
A classic book. Every person interested in this tragic event should read this book.Published 21 days ago by Stanley Abramson
It was a light and easy read. It was better than watching television. I read it in recognition of its centenary.Published 24 days ago by fpmorales
This is a well-written, short, honest, and to-the-point recounting of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Steven Daedalus