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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.
My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is an easy read. It manages to give the reader an omniscient view of what was happening across the ship throughout the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. Cox
I did not read this book, but it was recommended to me by a college professor. I bought it as a gift for my 8 year-old nephew that is obsessed will all things Titanic. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Stephen H.
Still an interesting and entertaining read , especially for those interested in that time in history - beyond the Titanic itself.Published 16 days ago by Neal
I really enjoyed this book but was hoping it would be longer.Published 23 days ago by Love My Kindle
Walter Lord doesn't seek to embellish the story or apportion blame, this book simply relates the events of that dreadful evening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wellington
My favorite book - brings the Titanic and its passengers back to lifePublished 1 month ago by Blank
Very well done. Felt as though I was among the passengers. Wonderful descriptions brought the event to life. A great read.Published 1 month ago by Chuck
Lord's book has been a (the?) go-to retelling of the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage for decades. The thoroughness of his research, the wealth of primary sources and interviews he... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sherri L. Wilcauskas