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Titanic: The Death and Life of a Legend Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
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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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.