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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Life (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603202137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603202138
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 11.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, in journalism, and in telling the story of our country and our world which began with LIFE magazine in 1936 by founding editor and publisher, Henry R. Luce. They have published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times bestsellers One Nation, LIFE Picture Puzzle and The American Journey of Barack Obama.

Customer Reviews

The pictures are fantastic!
History buff
The books jacket is not high-quality enameled paper, so the cover illustration is not as impressive as it could have been.
Kerrie Lee
If you are a fan of the disaster, love shipwrecks, or known someone who was on Titanic, pick up this book.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hutton on March 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this at Barnes & Noble for 30 bucks. I resisted because that's a ton of money for only 140 pages, but it looked too good to pass up, and none of the other Titanic books had this many photographs of the actual ship and its passengers and crew. So I bought it, and I am forced to admit that while it's not worth 30 dollars, it's ALMOST worth 30 dollars. It is a great book, an excellent, informative, wide-ranging take on this most famous of maritime disasters. I've been interested in the Titanic since...well, you know, a certain movie, the same as everybody else...and found this to be the best illustrated book I've found. (The best word-heavy book on the Titanic is the collection of survivors' accounts in the Senate inquiry that came out in the 1910's. I can't remember what it's called offhand, but the cover is blue. That should help you find it) There are tons of pictures, reprinted in large scale so you can see lots of detail, and many little details often missed in past accounts, including several pages devoted just to what happened to individual survivors, all fully illustrated with photographs. It covers everything from the ship's construction to the heroic acts of the captain of the Carpathia, to the various movies and books that have flooded out of the disaster since day one. I really don't think you're likely to find a book on the Titanic that covers this much ground. Yeah it's too expensive, but what the heck, go for it; this is the 100-year anniversary of the sinking. Do you think you'll be around for the 200?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kerrie Lee on April 4, 2012
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What impressed me:
- This coffee table book has many fascinating illustrations, including diagrams of the ship and large-format photos of varying quality. Among the most interesting and haunting photos are those taken by Father Browne, a priest who disembarked in Ireland before the final leg of the journey and whose negatives were not discovered until the 1960s.
- The concluding sections of the book tell the stories of many of the victims and survivors, as well as the global reactions, investigations, memorials and impacts on safety regulations and society.

What was disappointing:
- For a book marking the 100th anniversary of this legendary tragedy, I found the text to be lacking and, at times, jarringly glib. I expected more comprehensive explanations and the copy editing was sub-standard. The writing was composed of nuggets of information scatter-shot through the chapters.
- The color of the text on some pages was a pale taupe color on white, making it difficult to read in some lighting.
- The books jacket is not high-quality enameled paper, so the cover illustration is not as impressive as it could have been.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JustAMember on March 28, 2012
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Having purchased many books on the Titanic and read a lot via the web, I was excited to see this "new" book offered. Unfortunately, a lot of it pertains to the same old archives already published, making its title a bit off. I had hoped to see more photos and details of the actual wreckage but there's not much to see or read. Oh well, it is worth the bargain price but not more than that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blondie59 on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Nothing but a rehash of everything that's been published in the past. I picked up the paperback version at the local grocery store ($12.99) and should have looked through it before I bought it. Based on the title (...."One Century Later"), I thought maybe it would have a lot more recent dive photos, but they just picked a few of Cameron's photos and that was it. A few artifact photos, but no significant discussion on those either. 90% of the book went through archival photos and the story of the sinking. So I was rather disappointed with the content as I was expecting something different based on the title.

It's a typical Life book, the photos are more the star than any text to tickle your mind. And it is chock full of the vintage photos of the ship, the people, and the times. The prose is nicely written and it does a good job of telling the story in a very basic way, but to any Titanic buff with a zillion books on their shelves, this is a waste of money. If you are looking for a good coffee table book, purchase Titanic: An Illustrated History by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall. Titanic: An Illustrated History
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. MacTaggart on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I had expected a quality effort from LIFE. What I received was full of lovely images (although few new to me), but the text is disturbingly, annoyingly at odds with the somber subject matter. The whole style of writing is flippant and jokey.

Like on page 15: "Okay, statistics fans, here we go! As a prelude to our fun- and fact-filled interlude - yes a prelude to an interlude..."

OMG! OMG! My eyes actually opened wide. Did I really just read such words? And the whole book is like that. Was it written by high school students? Drunk high school students?

It is a shame. With careful editing this might have easily been a worthy addition to my Titanic library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna B. on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been interested in all things Titanic for the past 20+ years, so I was excited to see that this new book had been released---and by what I had considered to be a reputable publishing company. However, I was grossly disappointed.

There were some interesting facts interspersed throughout the narrative, but as a whole, I found the text juvenile, flippant, and shockingly cheeky. The writing was terrible, the editing and proofreading were beyond lacking, and there were certain pictures that were blown up bigger than they should have been and, thus, appeared pixelated.

Additionally, I was horrified during some parts when the authorial tone almost took on an air of wry humor. A book memorializing such a sad and mournful event should not, in any way, come off as sardonic, especially when talking specifically about the fate of the deceased passengers.

I gave it two stars, instead of one, because it did have some interesting facts and some enjoyable photography, but overall, it was a disappointing and shameful tribute to such a tragedy that should be remembered with respect.
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