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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 book was so interesting that I read it quickly but will re-read it for details. I especially enjoyed reading about the social dynamics of the times.Published 21 hours ago by Sheron
Probably the most factual information I have read on the Titanic, yet still filled with conflicting survivor's recollections of the event which gave the telling even more... Read morePublished 3 days ago by MGW
So tragic even today.
Years ago the Titanic exhibition came to Nashville and I was able to go. Read more
I have this very edition from 1976 If a person wants to know what happened read this book also watch the movie A NIght To Remember. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mark
Interesting tidbits about the Titanic. Way too many names to comprehend. Noticed that some events were true to the Titanic movie. Nice list of passengers at the end. Read morePublished 10 days ago by tracy
Walter Lord does not claim to have all the answers. However, his account of this historic and baffling event makes the reader feel a little closer to that night. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
I don't understand all the high ratings on this book. I was glad when it ended. Easy read, quick account of what happened but with no character development whatsoever.Published 13 days ago by Tami
Very well written. Factually written without embellishments. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Debbi