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ON A SEA OF GLASS: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic Hardcover – June, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley (June 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848689276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848689275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,780,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A chance to experience Titanic's story like never before." ~ Shipping Today and Yesterday.
"A must have book... a definitive source." ~ Mike Poirier, Encyclopedia Titanica. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In the years and months leading up to the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we - the authors of this book - teamed up to write a Titanic volume which, we hoped, would be like none other written up to that point. We wanted to go back to original accounts and sources, and try to uncover and lay-to-rest as much bad data, misinformation, faulty assumptions, and conspiracy theories as we possibly could in one book. The final result, first released in 2012, was a book of which we were very proud. It received rave reviews from those within the Titanic community and readers in general, and sold out quickly.

The new Second Edition of On A Sea of Glass has been printed as of July 3, 2013. While the First Edition of the book has enjoyed nearly unanimous praise from everyone who read it, it was not commonly available in the Americas - something this edition happily rectifies. Additionally, we as the volume's authors took the opportunity to thoroughly revise and improve the text, eradicating a number of spelling or grammar errors which had crept into the first volume. We also added or exchanged a few new images from those which appeared in the First Edition.

The new Second Edition has a slightly smaller page size and a new layout, and should prove a real treasure trove of information for all Titanic or maritime enthusiasts. - Tad Fitch, J. Kent Layton & Bill Wormstedt. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A well deserved five stars!
Mark Chirnside
To summarize, though, "On a Sea of Glass" is one of the best Titanic books that has ever been written - certainly among the top ten.
George Behe
The research the authors have done is remarkable, and it enables them to offer a series of alternatives to the usual narratives.
R. Kunath

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chirnside on October 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Following the success of the James Cameron movie back in the late 1990s, so many Titanic books appeared that the market was saturated. In 2012, the centennial of her loss, a number of new books have appeared too. However, some of them add little to our knowledge: repeating information that is already widely known; quoting from modern sources and thereby repeating errors, rather than examining the material from 1912; or presenting implausible theories reliant on a fundamentally flawed presentation and analysis of the evidence.

This one is different. Containing much new material, it is well presented, well researched, well written and deserves a prominent place in the collection of anyone interested in the subject. The three authors have put together a masterpiece, by combining thorough and competent research with solid analysis and presentation.

A well deserved five stars!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, I know that "On a Sea of Glass" is at present at least available at Amazon only through the "these sellers" option, but for any Titanic enthusiast going that extra mile to get a copy is definitely warranted, Some months back I reviewed "Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal" as being the ultimate book for Titanic buffs. Well, on that basis, "On a Sea of Glass" must be "ultimater".

It would be difficult to be too extravagant in praise of this book. It features a very strong comprehensive narrative laying out the whole story of Titanic's tale, illustated by hundreds of excellent photographs and diagrams. It is a narrative that can be read with real profit by any intelligent novice to Titanic studies (and a genuine pleasure for any confirmed Titanic buff). And that narrative is accompanied by numerous appendices that explore Titanic debates, controversies, and mysteries in meticulous detail and analysis.

I cannot adequately express my admiration of the work put into this volume by three of the best Titanic students active today (four, if you count George Behen for his foreword and appendix work). And I doubt that anyone in the foreseeable future is likely to match, let alone exceed, the quality of this book on this subject.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L'escribe on February 19, 2013
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This book was printed in the U.K. and is absolutely fabulous. It is fairly rare in the U.S. Chock full of fantastic pictures, black and white and color, many of them not seen before. Also has some color pictures of the fittings of the Olympic, now used in a dining room in a hotel in England. Stunning. If you are a big fan of Titanic, or historian, as I am, and want to add to your collection, I highly recommend this wonderful book. It is an over-sized coffee table book, but well worth every penny for its factual and interesting narrative and marvelous pictures. Truly a memorable tribute to Titanic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcel J on May 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The popularity and interest in Titanic has throughout the years grown exponentially. As evidence of this, last year's centenary garnered many newly published works on the `unsinkable' ship. While many cannot boast as being either scholarly or original, this book can lay claim to both. "On A Sea of Glass" is a culmination of several years of research and dedication by its authors to the accurate telling of Titanic's history. Written in a narrative format, "On A Sea of Glass" follows the ship's entire journey from birth, through her brief and memorable voyage across the Atlantic, and the aftermath of her demise. The narrative is broken down in such detail that the reader will catch themselves thinking "Are we still in Belfast?!" or "Are we still in Southampton?!". Rather than rushing ahead no stone is left unturned, and one will need to read this book several times to fully grasp and appreciate all the details. As with any scholarly work worthy of the annals of great Titanic literature, each statement is carefully referenced to a first person or original account. The two inquiries into the disaster are referred to several times, so access to them (through the internet) for further reading is important.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Ciel on August 3, 2013
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I have been a Titanic buff since 1961. This book is very well put together. Hard to put down for someone who is continually searching for information on the story of this ship. Actually read things I had not come across in 50 plus years of interest and cleared up questions on several other points. Again, I can't say enough good things about On A Sea of Glass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Kunath on December 20, 2013
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The authors are genuine experts and they bring formidable knowledge to their comprehensive account of the Titanic. I am delighted to have it, though my technical knowledge isn't so advanced as to allow me to appreciate fully the wealth of new material and fresh thinking they offer. In some ways, this volume strikes me as an attempt to cross the technical analysis one can find in the _Report on the Loss of the SS Titanic_ (forbiddingly and wonderfully dense) with the more-or-less familiar narrative of the building of the ship and the maiden voyage. I haven't read all of it yet, but it has lived up to its claim to offer a new perspective. The research the authors have done is remarkable, and it enables them to offer a series of alternatives to the usual narratives. Particularly enlightening are the appendices that work through especially controversial issues about the ship and its sinking. There's a quite fascinating discussion of the break-up of the ship that draws on neglected survivor accounts and correlates them to forensic data from the wreck to suggest a new theory for how and why the ship broke up. The authors are commendably restrained: they tend to criticize claims that Captain Smith was passive as the ship sank without heroizing him, they're humane in their discussion of Ismay, and while they (rightly, in my view) sharply refute those who claim the Californian was far from the Titanic, they're even-handed in their discussion of Captain Lord.

There are a few flaws, though. The format of the second edition is apparently reduced in size, and that means very small type. I'm 55 and proud that I don't need corrective lenses, but this book had me reaching for my wife's magnifiers.
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