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Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Unsinkable explores every facet of the Titanic's history, from its conception to a modern-day researcher's attempts to salvage the ship. The author presents a contemporary view of the crew and the passengers aboard, creating a better understanding of the time and the social psyche that played a role in the disaster. Also of note is Butler's enlistment of a clinical psychologist to analyze Captain Smith's mental state as the drama unfolded before him. Butler's passionate yet balanced narrative permits readers to conclude for themselves who or what was ultimately responsible for sinking the unsinkable ship. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
But there's where the good points end. This book, by and large, is a direct word for word verbatim of "A Night to Remember." I can take you to multiple pages and show you where if it's not directly lifted from Lord, it comes way too close. If you never read ANTOR, then this ploy works quite well. But if you've practically memorized the book, then this is a severe letdown and you start realizing how much you've been cheated.
If you don't mind rereading somebody else's work in a slightly different way, then you of course you'll love this book. But if you're an honest Titanic buff, then you'll soon forget this book even existed. You can do better.
Butler also takes time to explain historical contexts, such as class divisions and social expectations of the era, when he feels it will benefit the readers. These asides really help bring the motivations and behavior of the people involved in this tragedy to life, in a way some caricatures of poor schmucks stuck in steerage fail to do.
My only issues with the book are fairly minor. There is a glossary at the end, but I wish it were at the beginning (or at least referred to). If you aren't the seafaring type, it will help to learn the terms (like greaser, starboard, and bulkhead) before you start reading so that you can understand Butler's descriptions of the ship. You can get by without this, but it would help to know.Read more ›
"It is a story of heroism, self-sacrifice, and noblesse-oblige, nobility, and prejudice; class and egalitarianism. No writer of fiction, no matter how gifted, would dare present the story of the Titanic as a product of the imagination: it would be too unbelievable. Even as fact it often stretches the bounds of credibility---yet it is all true." (Page IX, Unsinkable)
(As a side-note, I absolutely loved Butler's use of adding a Bible scripture pertaining the subject at the start of every chapter.)
Aside from Walter Lord's books, this is the next book in line that I have found which contains all the information you need to know on the Titanic. Definitely a preferred favorite.
"The story of the Titanic began long before her sailing day, her launching, her building.... She was, during her brief life, the culmination of technology, social, and economic trends that had begun more than a half century before her creation." (Page 221, Unsinkable)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite and in-depth story of the Titanic. Very easy reading - like how the author shows the positive sides to even negative situations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William du Plooy
Very well written. A comprehensive account of the Titanic from construction to sinking to salvage attempts. A great book for those interested in the Titanic's history.Published 8 months ago by VicP
Great deal on an amazing read. I love all things Titanic this book is a must for anyone who wants to know more.Published 14 months ago by Sibylla Barrett
Out of all books I have read on the Titanic, this was one is my favorite. Butler writes a good story from the birth of the ship, to the voyage, to the sinking, and the discovery of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JMGraberJr
I chose to read this despite some previous reviews. This is my first read on the subject and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Angela M Orgeron
If you are interested in the Titanic and like details that you might not have already known this is a good book to read.Published on June 19, 2014 by Chip
Read "A Night To Remember" and "The Night Lives On" by Walter Lord instead. This author obviously read them both!Published on April 18, 2014 by Areader89
I love reading books on titanic and enjoyed this book and had family that enjoyed it and I love reading of a winter.Published on January 1, 2014 by matt
Out of the all the books in my growing "Titanic Library" this has been one of the most interesting and thorough reads yet. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Roxanne