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Ghosts Of The Abyss: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Titanic Hardcover – International Edition, April 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; export ed edition (April 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306812231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306812231
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Titanic looks like, well, a wreck in this lavishly illustrated coffee-table companion to Titanic director Cameron's 3-D undersea documentary. Titanic historian Lynch and artist and Titanic buff Marschall recap the story of the ship's doomed maiden voyage, describe the technology and logistics of undersea film-making, and ponder the parallels between the Titanic tragedy and the 9/11 attacks, which occurred during filming ("both events were met with outrage and disbelief-and the tragedies would remain indelibly etched on the collective memory of the world"). But the book's raison d'etre are the photos, and here it runs up against the fact that, unlike architectural ruins, nautical ruins are not very picturesque. Cameron's sonar imaging, lighting rigs and robot cameras yield not much more than visually similar images of gloom and rot, rendered in the deep-sea palette of blue-green and rust washed out by the glare of submarine floodlights. The authors juxtapose archival images of the ship's Edwardian luxury decor and furnishings with photos of their waterlogged remains, and it is here-and in the viewer's imagination-that the pictures become haunting.
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"Offers eerie pictures of the changes that nine decades have wrought on the legendary liner...a feast for Titanic enthusiasts." -- Reader's Digest May, 2003

Customer Reviews

The book goes into depth through pictures, and artwork of famed painter Ken Marschall.
Ronald B. Fetty, Jr.
This book is by far the best written about the wreck since Ballard's "The Discovery of the Titanic".
Josh
After watching the "Ghosts from the Abyss" DVD, I simply HAD to get a copy of this book.
Allen J. Venezio

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Allen J. Venezio on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Let me preface this review by stating that I have been studing the TITANIC for over 20 years and have just about every book imaginable on the subject in my personal library.

After watching the "Ghosts from the Abyss" DVD, I simply HAD to get a copy of this book. The photos are outstanding, the commentary is fresh and the way it ties into the DVD makes it even better.

This is the best TITANIC book since "Titanic: An Illustrated History", which coincidentally was also written by Don Lynch and Ken Marshall. It is simply a MUST HAVE for anyone interested in this fascinating story. I would highly recommend buying this AND the DVD for the full effect!

You WILL NOT be disappointed with this book. Buy it with 100% confidence!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James on May 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It may be just me, but there is something intriguing about seeing a bowler hat that has survived nearly 100years on the ocean floor, or a cup standing upright on a dresser liked it had just been put there after plunging 2.5km to the ocean floor.
Ghosts of the Abyss will blow your mind with exactly how beautiful the inside of the Titanic still remains. Incredible pictures of inside staterooms, the reception room, wireless room, landing vestibules, the Dining Room, Cpt Smith's bathroom and other rooms deep withing the wreck of the broken ship.
Some sheer horror will also be met with pictures of the boat deck collapsing slowly into A deck; a testament to the power of age.
The only downside to the book is there is not enough photos of inside the wreck - you really just want MORE.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Randy Bryan Bigham on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
That Don Lynch and Ken Marschall have produced yet another great Titanic title is not a surprise but the beauty of this volume surpasses any book on the subject previously published and the sensitive approach the authors take is matchless. The incredible undersea photos, culled from James Cameron's 2001 expedition, are at once stunning and disturbing, revealing the unexpected, illuminating not only the life of this once proud vessel but the lives of the men, women and children who sailed on and were lost with her. Titanic has in fact never been seen in such an intimate, immediate way.
The text is Don Lynch at his story-telling finest. His comparison of the 1912 sinking to the disaster of September 11, which occured while the Cameron dive was in full swing, is especially powerful.
This book is likely the best that will ever be published on Titanic as she is today - alone, rusted and dead on a seabed, yet wonderfully alive, lost but fantastically found, inhabitated now only by ocean life and, yes, as one is convinced from the extraordinary images, by a great many ghosts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan Cherry on April 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Since its seabed location in 1985, the Titanic has been explored and photographed extensively, culminating in many books flooding the market. The Titanic community relishes these volumes, and yet these books offer little fresh material into the wreck whose untimely demise has fascinated millions around the work.
Enter James Cameron. In 2001, he and his expedition team, along with unequalled historians Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, sought to bring the story of Titanic to the reader in a way that had not been accomplished with satisfaction. With his high-tech 'bots', Cameron and his expedition explored the deepest caverns of the Titanic, creating an awesome photo record of the ship's interiors, as well a visual update of the sad decay that is consuming the once-great ship.
What the reader will discover is nothing short of awesome in this book - a combination of 'then-and-now' photos, computer-generated recreations of rooms based on the team's discoveries, and items explored and photographed that would not have been known to exist on Titanic otherwise. The talents of James Cameron, with his tenacity, Ken Marschall with his knowledge and artistic expertise, and Don Lynch, knowing the personal tales behind the death of White Star Line's legend, come together in this book that will be difficult to surpass.
The only way to improve upon this offering is to add more pages of the wreck's interior.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on September 14, 2003
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While not a very big book at just 143 pages this is one of the nicer Titanic books I've seen. Dedicated to both those who died during the sinking and those who died September 11, 2001 (while the film project was underway)the fist chapter gives a quick but detailed history of the Titanic folowed by several chapters devoted to the crew's exploration and filming of the shipwreck and it's aftermath.
I really liked the photos of the wreck as it is now, especially when compared with similar period photos, and the computer graphic reconstructions were amazing. Many of the photographs seemed very familiar, I was surprised to see so many of things that had somehow survive breaking and kind o depressed to see the signs of collapse that the wreck is now going through.
I sure wish I could've seen the movie, hope it comes out on video soon and I'd like to see much more work of this type doen before it's too late.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "goodn" on April 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In 'Ghosts of the Abyss', Ken Marschall and Don Lynch have done what the Titanic community has invisioned for years and compiled a photographic record of views from inside the Titanic wreck. The images of the Titanic's interiors are truly amazing and lay reference to the beauty of the ship's former glory. Views of the Reception and Dining Room, as well as several first class staterooms give a truly passionate and humane view of the Titanic. Never before has the ship been reached on such a personal level. Nothing like this has ever been seen before, it is truly an incredible achievement of a book and a must have. My congragulations go out to the authors, Mr. Marschall and Mr. Lynch, with thanks to James Cameron. Well done!
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