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The Night Lives on: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the "Unsinkable" Ship-Titanic!

The Night Lives on: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the "Unsinkable" Ship-Titanic!

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Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Updated information to supplement _A Night to Remember_
Review: Calling this 'the sequel to _A Night to Remember_' is slightly misleading. Rather than the storytelling style employed to relate the story of the sinking of the Titanic, this is almost a collection of 17 1-chapter essays about various points of the disaster. Excellent stuff, but if you were expecting, say, the story of the Congressional and Parliamentary investigations of the disaster, you need to look elsewhere, e.g. Wyn Craig Wade's _The Titanic: End of a Dream_.

"Unsinkable Subject" - Overview of the popular fascination with Titanic.

"What's in a Name?" - The actual launching of Titanic from Harland & Wolff's shipyards.

"Legendary from the Start" - Titanic was indeed popularly supposed to be unsinkable, but the trend of sacrificing safety features for competitiveness had actually taken hold during her design.

"Had Ships Gotten Too Big for Captain Smith?" - Explores Smith's record, including a near-collision in harbor with Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic.

"Our Coterie" - The group of first class passengers, including Col. Gracie, mentioned in _A Night to Remember_.

"Everything Was Against Us" - Contrasts the ice warnings, lack of coordination between radio room & bridge, and lookouts, with the notion that the accident was a one-in-a-million chance.

"The Gash" - The collision itself.

"I Was Very Soft the Day I Signed That" - How and why ships the size of Titanic could legally sail while carrying so few lifeboats.

"What Happened to the Goodwins?" - Facts and figures about 1st class vs. 3rd, contrasting White Star's implication that those people down there couldn't understand English, with the Goodwin family (an electrical engineer and his family, emigrating from London to New York, all of whom were lost, including the 6-year-old).

"Shots in the Dark" - Explores the stories about Murdoch, one of the officers loading the lifeboats, and whether shots were fired.

"The Sound of Music" - An in-depth look at the "Nearer My God to Thee" myth, and the 2 bands on the Titanic. (I was aggravated to learn that that entire, touching sequence with the cornet in _Raise the Titanic!_, which I loved as a kid, was made up from whole cloth - the musicians were just as courageous as the movie made them out to be, but no cornet players.) And if you're a professional musician who thinks *your* agent is heartless, wait till you read this.

"She's Gone" - Compares the eyewitness accounts of Titanic's last moments with what we now know.

"The Electric Spark" Captain Rostron of the Carpathia, who picked up the survivors at great personal risk.

"A Certain Amount of Slackness" Discussion of Captain Lord (no relation to the author) of the Californian, in sharp contrast to the preceding chapter.

"Second-guessing" - The inquiries and subsequent litigation (Lord's treatment of Senator Smith should be contrasted with Wade's more detailed treatment, but then Wade has a whole book to play with).

"Why Was Craganour Disqualified?" What happened to some of the survivors. (Craganour, owned by a member of the Ismay family, was disqualified from winning a major British horse race.)

"Unlocking the Ocean's Secret" - The search for the Titanic, leading up to Robert Ballard's successful attempt in 1985 (written before others began plundering the ship for relics).

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: great book
Review: Having been a Titanic fan for years I have read many books and found this to be one of the best. Lord, gives alot of information in a straight to the point fashion.. He has a great writting style and that keeps you wanting to read even more!

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: A Fascinating Listen for a Long Trip
Review: I picked up this audiocasette due to curiosity. The information packed tape was interesting, and even made me angry because this tragedy did not have to happen. Like people say, most tragedies are a string of unfortunate events coming together at the same time. I don't think the sinking of this liner is anything different. It gives a glimpse into the technological limitations of the day, the caste system of the gilded age, and the prevailing seaman's attitude of the time. After listening to this (and reading The Perfect Storm), my interest was certainly piqued. I ordered some books on the Titanic and the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and can't wait until they get here.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: A newer look at the facts
Review: It was almost nauseating how many people were taken up with the Titanic after the movie came out; fortunately it has subsided.

The book, however, is not a fad or passing fancy. Some of the questions that were left open by Lord's first book are addressed here. A history buff would be satisfied with the controveries dealt with here. While not everything is answered, many things (such as the "Shots in the Dark," "The Music," "The Gash") are given their due here.

If you are reading this, chances are you already know what a good book this is. It is interesting, and it won't deplete your pocketbook.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: A Book to Remember
Review: This book is a MUST for any Titanic fan! Even if you've read numerous other accounts of the sinking to the Titanic, you will learn something new from Lord's account of that fatefull nignt in 1912. Lord did his research well and wrote this book in a way to make you feel as though you were on the ship, not just on April 14th, but from the time it sailed. I enjoyed this book very much! Please read it.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Great sequel to A Night to Remember
Review: This book picks up where A Night to Remember left off. It updates information in regards to the ships break-up from the "new" information obtained by Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck. Some aspects of the sinking are recaped with additional survivor accounts plus much more information is provided of what was happening on the California, how the Carpathia responded, the inquests which followed, etc. Put together with A Night to Remember and you have an extremely comprehensive coverage of nearly all aspects of the Titanic sinking all presented in extremely readable and entertaining format. Highly recommended--a must read for anyone interested in this subject who wants to know all about it. I found it hard to put either book down and, of all the books I've read on the subject, I've found Walter Lord's two books to be the best.

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: An excellent book that compares facts to myths!
Review: This is a perfect book for anyone looking to learn more about the official determinations about the Titanic and the events of that fateful night. Walter Lord once again outdoes himself in details, going step by step over the controversial issues of the night, and giving the reader the official version, as well as the most widely believed version, and includes many of his own ideas of what may have occured where there is still mystery. A must read for all serious Titanic fans!

Rating: 5 stars

Rating: 5 stars

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Mysteries explained about the Titanic.
Review: Walter Lord follows up his best seller of the fifties-A Night to Remember--with this eighties version on some mysteries about the sunken liner. One learns about the musicians (two groups actually) and what they played that night while the life boats were being loaded. Another story details the negligence of the freighter Californian for not answering the eight rockets of distress from the Titanic. Another story details the shootings and suicide near the end of the launch of the last life boats. Still another story details why there were not enough life boats on the Titanic and most other ocean liners of the day. Walter Lord clears the air about these mysteries with his well informed writing.
If you want to know more about the Titanic, read both Lord's books on the subject (A Night to Remember, The Night Lives On). They will help the reader understand this tragedy. I have seen the movie and I know the producers consulted these books when they made the movie.

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