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The Titanic: End of A Dream Paperback – April 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140166912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140166910
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The most scrupulous of the recent spate of books on the Titanic disaster, Wyn Craig Wade's book relies on survivors' accounts to establish some startling facts, including that almost two-thirds of the first-class passengers survived while only a quarter of the steerage passengers made it to safety. And that those in the lifeboats chose to ignore the piteous cries of passengers in the water, almost all of whom perished. This chilling account demonstrates that the Titanic's sinking was in many ways entirely avoidable.

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A thorough, argumentative work, concentrating not on the drama of multitudinous subjective viewpoints . . . but on the verbatim testimony by witnesses. -- The New Yorker, John Updike

Customer Reviews

I only wish that I had found this book years ago!
Blair
Learn more about the Titanic before reading the book , it takes much knowledge on the ship to memorize the testimony as I did.
Jameson Holman
There is much information about this terrible tragedy now known due to the discovery of the Titanic and the new film.
Victor L. Sacino

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Years ago, this was the first Titanic book I ever read, and it had an incredible influence on me. End of a Dream is a wonderfully-researched, wonderfully-written account of the aftermath, a fascinating subject given only a few pages in every other Titanic book I know of. However, it does have its flaws. I don't believe that Wade gives too much credit to Senator Smith, but I do think that in promoting his hero's place in history, he neglects some aspects of the story. For example, he pays too little attention to an area of the inquiry that raised many voices in 1912 -the question of whether news of the disaster had been covered up- as well as Philip Franklin, the major figure in that controversy. Franklin played a part in the inquiry almost as great as that of his employer Ismay, but he is a made minor figure in Wade's drama, as well as a rather ridiculous one. (He also gets his first name misspelled.) I don't mean to be over-critical of Wade, whose book was a landmark in Titanic study and remains one of the two best works on the subject today, but I do think that in order to increase the light shining on Smith he may have dimmed those shining on the equally interesting people around him. His book could have also benefited from a more appropriate title and cover blurb.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Titanic is the story of the greatest ocean disaster of at least this century. This does not include wartimes naval tragedies for this event in 1912 did not need to happen. As the 2nd Officer of the Titanic,Lightoller,once commented that it was all against us that night. The events of that night and others that lead up to it are recalled with fresh memories. This due to the work of a Senator from Michigan and his committee who actually met the rescue ship Carpathia in New York and served many of the notables with subpoenas. The Inquiry was held within a week of the rescue ship arriving in New York. As time goes on the stories of fact get embellished to small and great degrees. This book deals with a source that was very fresh and thus gives a great read that fills in so many details. It is a book you can't put down I rate it among the best ever written on the Titanic. Right up there with the best author on this subject Walter Lord. Mr Wade did a tremendous job in his take on that incredible night the Titanic went down.
If you have seen the movie by James Cameron or any other drama of lesser quality,which speak for most of them, go and Buy the Book. When you finish you will begin to understand why the story of this so rumoured unsinkable ship stands the test of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chibilly@sprynet.com on February 5, 1998
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Hard to believe that anything so well-researched can read like a novel. Puts to rest many of the myths and legends which have grown around this disaster. Rather than single out a scapegoat (as the movie hinted at), Wade shows that there was plenty of blame to go around. Also shows how the Titanic (and the investigations) was the product of the times and culture, not an isolated event in history. Best is the chapter detailing the negligence of the "Californian" - in reality the closest ship to the point of sinking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jameson Holman on December 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Wyn Wade renowned Titanic historial shares his knowledege of the ship in a detailed fact filled boook sharing testimony fron the 82 witnesses at hte U.S titanic investigation in a detailed manner . Wyn also in great detail talks about the tragic legendary voyage in a very moving way . Learn more about the Titanic before reading the book , it takes much knowledge on the ship to memorize the testimony as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1998
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The book covers everything about this great disaster from the people, their backgrounds, right through to the British Inquiry and U.S. hearings headed by Senator Smith. I read this book on a trip throughout Europe, and quite honestly, had a very hard time putting it dowm!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harry Love on January 17, 2000
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I have the original first editoin of this book. I have never been introduced to Wyn Craig Wade,but I have seen him in "TITANIC The Death Of A Dream" Also :Titanic The Legend Lives On" this book was first published in 1979 it is a very good book on R.M.S. Titanic. It is a must for every person's library of Titanic. I have 22 books on Titanic and I rate this very high. I have been offerd $100 ofr it and I won't sell it. Harry Love
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blair on December 14, 2007
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I have read scores of books about Titanic and I can honestly say that if you are a serious Titanic buff you will likely find this to be one of the most outstanding, well researched, well written and most useful books in your library. The insights and conclusions that the author makes are truly satisfying to read. This books dispels a great many myths about the Titanic crew and it's performance in the hours leading up to the collision with the iceberg, as well as what they did and failed to do after the collision, most notably Captain Smith's failure to make sure that the few lifeboats they did have were filled to capacity. Of course, we know that they were not, and as a result some 500 people lost their lives unnecessarily. The book artfully examines the American Congressional investigation that convened after the accident, elucidates their findings in ways that other authors have not, tying together the many disparate threads found here and there in various books, leaving you the reader in command of detail and facts that put all the many "puzzle pieces" together. It's a great read, which I can wholeheartedly recommend. I only wish that I had found this book years ago!
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