- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press (August 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813926939
- ISBN-13: 978-0813926933
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lifeboat Paperback – August 29, 2007
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The theme of Lifeboat transcends its title. The book has a lot to say about lifeboats, but most of all it chronicles a loss of wisdom: wisdom bought, often at a dear ransom, by direct observation of sea and sky, and mostly squandered since sail gave way to steam. Stilgoe's motif, in apparent continuity with his other works, is how social and economic forces under the umbrella of "industrialization" conspire to destroy precious human knowledge of centuries, knowledge that made us who we are-- or were.
A lifeboat may be a metaphor, but foremost it is a material vehicle for the saving of lives. In Stilgoe's hands, a lifeboat is a powerful focusing lens, a window into undiscovered history. He stunned me repeatedly with tales of horrific 20th Century shipwrecks now wholly forgotten. His account of the Lusitania disaster turns the tidy propaganda tale on its head. Likewise, his account of WWII U-boat activities in the North Atlantic gives the lie to the simple moral equation favored by the Allies. Were you aware that WWII U-boats ravaged American merchant vessels along the Eastern Seaboard? That the US Government struggled mightily to cover this up? That government refusal to acknowledge what many knew to be true bred public cynicism toward official war accounts? Any lessons for today?
Exploring the history of the lifeboat, Stilgoe retrieves the ancient wisdom cast off in the transition from sail to steam.Read more ›
truly makes one appreciate them
and nostalgic for the old seafaring culture not lost with motorization
also great bibliography and references to other interesting reading!!
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This is undoubtedly the worse book I have pickup in years. It is totally boring, non-interesting, a waste of paper. It's only value is to recycle it. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by twesjewel
This is an extremely copiously researched book that draws on an astonishing breadth of resources, both fictional and factual, and which is influenced by the author's own personal... Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Rodney Meek