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I was impressed by the actions of the men from the upper-class passangers gave up their seats on the life boats for steerage women. This book surpasses any movie about the Titanic. It also adds to any documentary about the Titanic I have seen on TV. --- Sue from Green Bay WI

Caplan has expanded and revised this classic and in the process given it updated information while putting the important elements of this tragedy into proper context --- and made it interesting! --- The Chesapeake

About the Author

Since childhood, well-known author and editor Bruce M. Caplan of Redmond, Washington, has been intrigued by the mysteries of what really happened to Titanic's passengers and crew on the morning of April 14-15, 1912. In 1996 Caplan was urged to edit and re-issue 20th Century journalist Logan Marshall's book titled, "The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters", published within weeks of the ship's sinking. Caplan shortened the title to "The Sinking of the Titanic." Caplan has spoken throughout our country about some of the disaster's lesser-known particulars, including the fact that from the moment the great ship left Southampton there was a raging coal fire in bunker number 6. He contends that this fire could have contributed to Titanic's sinking." Caplan has spoken about Titanic to school children throughout our nation. Most recently he was in Las Vegas for Nevada Reading Week. During the 1980's Bruce was a hospital comedian cheering up children suffering from leukemia. For two years on a weekly basis, he went room to room telling jokes and stories to the kids. During the past two years he's been lecturing on a dozen cruises where he has related all the aspects of the fascinating saga that unfolded almost a century ago. Caplan loves his audience and he delights in educating them about his favorite subject - the Titanic!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Seattle Miracle, Incorporated; Facsimile edition (May 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964461013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964461017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since childhood, well-known author and editor Bruce M. Caplan of Redmond, Washington, has been intrigued by the mysteries of what really happened to Titanic's passengers and crew on the morning of April 14-15, 1912.

In 1996 Caplan was urged to edit and re-issue 20th Century journalist Logan Marshall's book titled, "The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters", published within weeks of the ship's sinking. Caplan shortened the title to "The Sinking of the Titanic."

Caplan has spoken throughout our country about some of the disaster's lesser-known particulars, including the fact that from the moment the great ship left Southampton there was a raging coal fire in bunker number 6. He contends that this fire could have contributed to Titanic's sinking."

Caplan has spoken about Titanic to school children throughout our nation. Most recently he was in Las Vegas for Nevada Reading Week. During the 1980's Bruce was a hospital comedian cheering up children suffering from leukemia. For two years on a weekly basis, he went room to room telling jokes and stories to the kids.

During the past two years he's been lecturing on a dozen cruises where he has related all the aspects of the fascinating saga that unfolded almost a century ago. Caplan loves his audience and he delights in educating them about his favorite subject - the Titanic!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an abridged edition of the Logan Marshall volume that was the very first book to roll off the presses after the Titanic sank. Although some of the details are incorrect, most of the facts are true and the first-hand accounts from survivors at the time are fantastic! The coal-fire on the Titanic is discussed in great detail and and many other important facts which have been ignored by more contemporary sources are also illuminated. With 16 pages of 1912 photos and wonderful descriptions, I found this narrative to be a good beginning for all those interested in the saga of the Titanic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zane on March 17, 2002
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I really enjoyed this book. The authors descriptions bring the tragedy to life. The idea that the Titanic was on fire before it left England fascinated me. I've read more than 20 books about the Titanic, and I think this one is the best!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when a temporary Titanic exibit came to the city where I live. I met the editor and had him sign my copy. When I got home and read it I discovered many interesting facts about the Titanic that even I didn't know. This book is filled with lots of true life stories about the disaster. Anyone who is interested in the Titanic just a tiny bit MUST read this book!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 1998
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I picked up Marshall's book after reading other reader's reviews on Amazon, impressed by how glowing they were. I must say I was a bit disappointed. While the book certainly is dramatic, it has many incorrect facts about the ship, as well as the sinking. I did enjoy finding out how the disaster was looked at by some during 1912, but the writing was too "flowery" (symptomatic of the times), and some of the errors were jolting. All in all, it's a good book to have if you're a Titanic buff, but if you're looking for a single book to fill you in on the disaster, this would probably not be your best choice. (For a detailed, well researched account, I would go with the old standby, Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember".)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
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I have read this book so many times it is beginning to wear out. I loved it!! It's better than the movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
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This book is great! I would strongly recomend a lot of you onliners to read it. If you ever had to do reserch on the real titanic, this is the book to have. In this book you can compare the pictures from the real Titanic to the Titanic that James Cameron had built for the movie. And the great thing about this book is because it gives you a lot of facts about the Titanic. This book tells you about the passangers, and how they got a long so thats why I would strongly recomend you onliners to read this exciting book about the mighty Titanic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor C. Sanchez on August 9, 2007
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I have just recently traveled to Nova Scotia and wanted to visit the site of this tragic catastrophe. A friend of mine told me about the book, and I went ahead and purchased it. I found this book fascinating, very detailing and extremely well written. Mr. Caplan did a fantastic job in researching this subject, in spite of the time that has gone by. I would recommend this book to any person that would be interested in history.
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This book is a really interesting read. There are lots of myths and misconceptions about the Titanic (before, during, and after she sank). This book clears up those misconceptions and gets into details of the ship that most historical accounts don't touch upon. In this book, you get to live the experience on the Titanic with several different passengers that had very different experiences on the ship. Through their stories, you get to experience what it was like to be a first class passenger, living in luxury but also get to experience what it was like for those in steerage, having little to nothing beyond the clothes they were wearing. It all provides a well-rounded experience for what life was like for many on the ship. Unlike other historical accounts of the Titanic, this book also covers the rescue of the survivors and what happened to them after they were saved as well. This book shows the heroism of many men and their personal sacrifice in those times. Also, there are stories of some couples choosing to stay together on the ship and die together, commitment to the end. The band continued playing hymns on deck and served the passengers until the end. This book shares the details of how survivors were cared for on the rescue ship Carpathia and how communities on land received and cared for them too. In the end, the book shares several reforms that came about for ship standards and practices (in use today) because of what happened to Titanic. Overall, it's really interesting to hear the many individual accounts of what took place and how that impacted people very personally. In this book, there are details about everything (before, during and after the sinking) that you won't find in most historical accounts of the Titanic, especially in one source.
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