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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.
The sinking of the Titanic is such an incredible event, and Walter Lord definitely does a great job at capturing the mood of shock and disbelief that seems to surround this amazing... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michael Nicholson
Too much name dropping of people I was not familiar with. I think that it is assumed that the reader is familiar with everyone mentioned and it makes this a less desirable read.Published 6 days ago by SuburbanGirl
What a great story. It kept me spellbound as to what comes next. Interesting to hear from the eye witnesses and to know what went on that night.Published 15 days ago by Ben C. Allin V
I enjoy historical fiction, but this book is not fiction, though there is some speculation as to all the facts. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rebecca Richardson
Well written and so enlightening of what took place that awful night across the classes and in the sea...highly recommended!Published 25 days ago by JCOII
The all time classic book on the Titanic. This was Walter Lord's best book. He had a way of showing what was going on through the eyes of the participants in a complete, yet... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book...feels like you were there on the Titanic..Very informative and easy read...Twas a night to Remember! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca