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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Book - Though Now Dated, November 21, 2005
This review is from: A Night to Remember (Holt Paperback) (Paperback)
This is a classic book on the sinking of the Titanic and the first book I ever read on the subject. It should be understood before reading this book that our collective understanding of the Titanic disaster has moved on since the time A Night to Remember was first published in 1956. For example upon discovering the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic in 1985 it was clear that the Titanic had indeed broken in half and rested upon the sea bed in two halves. As anybody who has seen the 1958 film "A Night To Remember" will realise this book presents the ship as sinking whole, which was not the case. But this is not to say that this book does not have a lot of outstanding information to impart to the interested reader. The book considers the Titanic from the time in 1907 when she was conceived, the building of the Titanic, the maiden voyage and the sinking and finally the subsequent investigations and recriminations. Particularly thought provoking is the full listing of the passengers at the back of the book including those who survived along with those who perished. What I found particularly shocking was the listing of Third Class Passengers, with its very low numbers of survivors. Walter Lord's book is very easy to read, though the subject matter is somewhat more difficult to digest, due to the overwhelming nature of the Titanic tragedy.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2009 8:03:11 PM PDT
As the reviewer states, we now know the ship broke apart because it was found in two distinct halves at the bottom. However, it is not at all certain whether the break occurred at near surface level as depicted in the 1997 movie "Titanic", or while it was on it's way down. It has been argued that it most likely occurred near the surface, and yet none of the survivors reported seeing the ship break in two as is shown in the 1997 film. This book and the 1958 film "A Night to Remember" is based on eyewitness acounts and therefore in my opinion not out dated.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2015 10:32:04 PM PST
Cavaradossi says:
Samuel U. Star

Good points, and I hope we can all agree that the actual condition of the sunken wreck is of less importance than the human tragedy Lord depicts so unforgettably. This aspect of ANTR will never be out of date.
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