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“An absorbing, crisp chronicle of the Titanic, from its conception through the discovery and exploration of the wreckage on the sea floor.” 
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About the Author

Michael Davie was a leading British journalist. He was a reporter, columnist, and editor for the London Observer and the Melbourne (Australia) Age, and wrote books on topics as varied as Lyndon B. Johnson, California, and cricket. He died in 2005.
 
Dave Gittins lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of Titanic: Monument and Warning and co-author of Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Upd Rev edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307948390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307948397
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 1, 2013
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A great read! Well researched. Made the stories of those involved in the tragedy come alive. I felt like I was on the deck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gametime on February 27, 2013
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This book focuses on specific areas of interest, such as the Marconi and its operators, oddities (flaws?) in the ship's building, and the U.S. Senate inquiry after the event. The general reader might look at another book for a more broad overview of the event and the people of interest in it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2012
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TITANIC: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF A LEGEND is a new, 100th-anniversary release of a prior 1986 book by Michael Davie, gently and skillfully updated by Dave Gittins (usually by means of starred footnotes).

While the flow of Titanic events is chronological, this is not, strictly speaking, a history of the disaster, but a series of chapters arranged by theme. They are --
Chapter 1 - The Evil Dream
Chapter 2 - "Iceberg Right Ahead"!
Chapter 3 - Survival of the Richest?
Chapter 4 - In the Lifeboats
Chapter 5 - The Conundrum of Captain Lord
Chapter 6 - J. "Brute" Ismay
Chapter 7 - The Curious Behavior of Marconi
Chapter 8 - Senator Smith and His "Farce"
Chapter 9 - Lord Mersey and the Whitewash Brush
Chapter 10 - The TITANIC Rediscovered
Chapter 11 - The Graveyard of a Legend

This book is very well-researched and well-written, but its focus is not so much on imparting information as in reconciling the ethical problems associated with the disaster: Was Captain Lord of the CALIFORNIAN negligent? Was the following British investigation a "whitewash"? and so on. The tone is even-handed and inquisitive; it was not the author's appellation to call Bruce Ismay "Brute" Ismay, for example, but the contemporary reaction of many newspapers.

Readers who are new to the TITANIC saga would probably do better to start with more foundational volumes on the subject, such as THE ROUGH GUIDE TO THE TITANIC and of course Walter Lord's seminal 1955 account A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, before moving on to this one. But if you're ready for an intro-slash-midlevel work like this one, then TITANIC: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF A LEGEND is going to please. Because it is smooth, informative and virtually flawless, I'm giving it five stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harley 1999 on January 10, 2013
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Each new Titanic book offers new information; so does this one. Look forward to the acquisition of future unfound books of Titanic.
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