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Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy Hardcover – March 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470873878 ISBN-10: 0470873876 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470873876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470873878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Titanic was the biggest, most luxurious passenger ship the world had ever seen. The ads proclaimed it to be unsinkable. When it sank in April 1912 after hitting an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people, the world was forever changed, and we have been spellbound ever since. Now, a century later, the Titanic is about to disappear forever: its infrastructure will finally collapse in the next few years. In this book, scientist and New York Times Bestselling writer Charles Pellegrino offers what may be our last opportunity to see the ship before it is lost to the sea for eternity.

In Farewell, Titanic, world-renowned Titanic expert Pellegrino re-creates the great ship’s final hours in stunning detail, clears up several key mysteries about what actually happened, and reveals new information about how and why the ship went under so quickly. This is probably the last book that could have been written while Titanic survivors were still alive, and in Farewell, Titanic, Pellegrino draws on survivors’ firsthand stories of the tragedy as well as evidence he and others have collected during their deep-sea explorations of the ship’s remains in the last twenty-five years. Together, these sources create a riveting account of the intensely dramatic moments before and after the collision and of the aftermath.

Farewell, Titanic also goes far beyond the nightmarish catastrophe to draw connections between the loss of more than 1,500 souls and some of the tragedies of our won era. Drawing on the author’s personal story, the book examines with rare sensitivity and immediacy the cautionary scientific and poignant spiritual lessons of disaster. Filled with dozens of extraordinary original color photos of the great ship, Farewell, Titanic offers compelling reading for anyone who is fascinated by forensic maritime science or who is simply moved by the timeless drama of history’s most legendary shipwreck.

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Praise for Charles Pellegrino

Farewell, Titanic

"Pellegrino has completed his twenty-five-year journey of Titanic exploration with this deeply detailed book that looks the horror and chaos of that disaster square in the eye, with human insights not previously brought to light. Pellegrino really is the king of connect-the-dots."
James Cameron, Academy Award-winning director of Titanic

"Charles Pellegrino's aptly named book is packed with untold stories. There is much to admire here, and Pellegrino is just the man to document what may indeed be the Titanic's final chapter."
Bill Schutt, American Museum of Natural History, author of Dark Banquet

Ghosts of the Titanic

"Charles Pellegrino has raised the Titanic—at least in my imagination."
Stephen King

"Very moving. Like Her Name, Titanic, Ghosts of the Titanic often brought tears to my eyes."
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Her Name, Titanic

"Like walking through a Stanley Kubrick film . . . it is impossible to pull off this sort of thing without knowing the facts, and Charlie Pellegrino knows his Titanic inside and out."
Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember

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I will treasure this book always!
Carole A. Freeman
In many ways this is also a personal story of the 2001 expedition to Titanic.
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A very thoughtful and detailed review of several years of research that My.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Nicklaus on March 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Nothing that teaches us about history is irrelevant. Nothing is irrelevant that instructs us regarding hubris. Posterity, when heeded, can illuminate far more than just the past--its brilliance can cast a meaningful glow into our future. Farewell, Titanic - Her Final Legacy should not be taken as just another book about a tragic ship or her history--author Charles Pellegrino has provided a wider scope of history, a template of humanity held against the context of Titanic's story.

Perhaps the most immediate question for the potential reader is: "Does it tell the story of the sinking?" The easy answer is "It does indeed." But so do countless other books on the subject, not the least of which is Walter Lord's A Night To Remember, which the author used as source material--including personal correspondence with Lord. Lord's fascination with the Titanic began at a very early age which gave him the time to accrue a depth of knowledge regarding the event (her sinking) which few others could come close to except her survivors; Pellegrino does both Walter Lord and Titanic's human descendants a deft, factually thorough, and humanistic service in Farewell, Titanic.

Pellegrino's approach is perhaps the most gripping in its narrative style. Outside of global war the Titanic story is one of history's greatest cautionary tales of man's arrogance and tragic greed. Having the chutzpah to sail not just into but through an ice field is (cetainly, in hindsight) hair-raisingly stupid--but to do so, on a moonless night in calm waters and run the engines "full ahead" based on human claims of "unsinkable" construction is barely a stones throw from qualifying as murderous.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Titanic on March 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An essential facet of this immortal story. "Farewell, Titanic" - the third and final book in Charles Pellegrino's Titanic trilogy proves to be a captivating tribute to honor the centennial of the legendary lost liner's sinking. Offering a unique personal account, this book covers his involvement with the James Cameron era of Titanic exploration, the most spellbinding, methodical and enlightening series of expeditions to probe deeper into the remains of the fabled vessel than ever. The author's greatest gift continues to be his command of time, which reads more like a setting rather than a distance between the catastrophic loss of the "Unsinkable" ship and the modern bio-archaeologists (like himself) bringing dimension and clarity to a story that continues to resonate through the ages a century later.

This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt my favorite book on the subject, Pellegrino weaves in all his experience as an archaeologist, collaborating historian with the master of Titanic history, the late Walter Lord, and as a 9/11 family member who surfaced from the ruins of the Titanic into the post-9/11 world (in "Ghosts of the Abyss"), to deliver a compelling account that races forward and back in time, from the rarely discussed events and passengers of Titanic's voyage to the features of her wreck that continue to stand as a testimony to their memory on the ocean floor. The forensics, active retelling of history and the sheer emotion conveyed in exploring the grand scale human drama that Titanic ultimately represents proved to make this an unprecedented account that dives deep to consider who we are as people. What I appreciated most about the book were the glimpses of experiencing an oceanographic expedition to the wreck, and information about it in general, coupling science with history and drawing conclusions from the Titanic's skeleton - with Pellegrino reminding us that those clues resolve an image of a tragedy that we should never forget.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carole A. Freeman on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Mr. Pellegrino for the most beautifully written, emotional and factual book ever written on the Titanic. Charles Pellegrino is an archaeologist, historian and explorer who has the ability to write a very moving account past and present on the Titanic which is a pleasure to read. Not only are there chilling first hand accounts told by survivors that I have never heard about before, but also this book covers Charles Pellegrino's personal account, of his involvement with James Cameron and other members of the last expedition down to the Titanic wreck and the most surprising and wonderous finds. There is even an account of a connection with 911, which is very informative and moving. As Charles Pellegrino states in the book: "Sooner or later it was bound to happen: the convergence of improbable events compounded by a series of improbable errors. Without exception, no single improbable error or event causes complex systems to fail, and that is the frightening part". How very true this statement is!
I felt very connected with all the events in this book, thanks to the brilliantly moving writing skills of Charles Pellegrino.
I will treasure this book always!
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Charles Pellegrino has written prolifically on a variety of subjects, and this is his third major outing on the "Titanic." While I have been captivated by the subject since I read "A Night to Remember" as a young boy, I have to go against the grain a bit and say that this is my least favorite of the three Pellegrino books on the subject. The author has unquestioned mastery of the subject and can write beautifully, but my issue with the book is something that many others evidently liked, namely the incorporation of tales of hubris and heroism from analogue events encompassing a very large portion of the book. When he stays on subject Pellegrino is spellbinding, but his tendency to get far afield from the subject matter I bought the book to learn about becomes tedious after a while: I did not buy this book to learn about the tragedies of 9/11 or his personal connections to that horror, I bought the book to learn more about the "Titanic."

I found the human drama about the "Titanic" fascinating, and am particularly indebted to him for recounting in detail the travails of Violet Jessop and the sad recollections about Jim and his cat Jenny and her kittens on pp.29-30. By the same token, I was put off by the flashback-flashforward organization of the book, and was surprised to see a reference to "Lord Mercey" [sic] from such a studied historian on p.22. (Obviously Lord Mersey was intended.) While a mere typo is easily forgiven, there is a level of hyperbole in "Farewell, 'Titanic'" that is both presumptive and unverifiable, e.g. "When Captain Smith transferred his command from the 'Olympic' to the 'Titanic,' a deadly complacency must already have slithered into him" (p.28.) Really? How does he presume to understand Smith's mental state? (And it "slithered"?
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