The Night Lives On: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the Unsinkable Ship—Titanic
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In The Spotlight. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The most awesome ocean-going vessel the world had ever seen, the mightly TITANIC struck an iceberg and sank on the night of April 14, , carrying more than souls--and uncountable secrets--to the icy bottom of the mid-Atlantic. Why did the crew steam full speed ahead into dangerous waters despite six wireless warnings? How able was the doomed behemoths superb seaman The most awesome ocean-going vessel the world had ever seen, the mightly TITANIC struck an iceberg and sank on the night of April 14, , carrying more than souls--and uncountable secrets--to the icy bottom of the mid-Atlantic.
How able was the doomed behemoths superb seaman Captain Smith? Why did the nearby ship Californian ignore Titanics distress signals? How could such a disaster ever have occurred? And now he returns to the scene of chaos and horror to explore--and answer--the untold mysteries behind the twentieth centurys greatest catastrophe at sea. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by Avon first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Night Lives On , please sign up.
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Trying to find a book on the Titanic sinking, does anyone recommend this over another? Or have another book they think is better than this one? Please check my maritime disaster shelf, I'm looking for hard, well researched, no James Cameron, non-fiction. Jason There are a couple of books I like and always have.
He wrote that one before this. The second and my …more There are a couple of books I like and always have. Great images, text etc. This has it all. Much more paintings and images that I always liked. I've read The Night Lives On but it has been years and years. I just picked up a used copy so I'll be reading it again soon. See 2 questions about The Night Lives On….
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Night Lives On. Dec 29, Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: history. Loved, loved, loved this book! After all these years one of the most misunderstood and mishandled tragedies.
A definite must read. Aug 26, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fict , udate. When James Cameron's Titanic was released in I was 15 years old, and after seeing the movie I became completely obsessed with reading every single book about Titanic that I could get my hands on. Yes, it was probably helped by the fact that I loved Leonardo di Caprio, but more than that I was infinitely fascinated by the glamour of the ship and the way that so many people died on that dark, freezing night.
Although I read a lot of books about it at that time, it was only last year that I When James Cameron's Titanic was released in I was 15 years old, and after seeing the movie I became completely obsessed with reading every single book about Titanic that I could get my hands on. Although I read a lot of books about it at that time, it was only last year that I read A Night to Remember, probably one of the most famous books ever written about the Titanic. Walter Lord won me over with A Night to Remember - it felt like sitting down with someone to talk about it over tea and biscuits rather than being lectured at with cold, hard facts, so when I came across The Night Lives On a few months ago I grabbed a copy.
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The information gathering was obviously painstaking and thorough, and he works hard to ensure that all potential sides of a story are told without bias - from the explanation on why ship safety was so lax a lot of ship owners had their fingers in that pie , the actual damage caused by the iceberg, the actions and reactions of the Carpathia and the Californian, through to the salvage attempts from right after the sinking up until the first sightings of the ship in the 's.
Although it was published more than 30 years after A Night to Remember, Walter Lord's writing style is still the same - it's not stuffy or dry and in fact it's almost conversational, like someone telling you a story rather than reciting a whole bunch of old facts and figures. If you have or had!
Read more of my reviews at The Aussie Zombie Good companion to Lord's other book about the Titanic. Lord tackles some of the questions raised by various people. The topics include the building of the ship as well as the ships discovery. Each chapter is a mini-story and the writing has vigor. Jul 24, Matthew Kresal rated it it was amazing. In , Walter Lord's A Night To Remember was published and instantly became the definitive book on the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in April Just over thirty years later and following the discovery of the Titanic two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, Lord's follow-up to it was published.
The Night Lives On goes beyond that "night to remember" to look at the events that came before, during and after it.
To do this Lord brings a lot of focus to the book. While A Night To Remember focused very much on the sinking itself by wandering from person to person and place to place, The Night Lives On uses each of its seventeen chapters to focus on any single particular aspect of the Titanic story.
The opening chapters of the book look at what led up to the sinking ranging from the ship's legacy, its launching in , a look at Captain Smith's record prior to taking command of the Titanic and the actions of the crew leading up to the collision with the iceberg.
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This is of course prelude to the main event: the sinking. Chapters seven through twelve focus on the sinking itself. Topics range from the collision with the iceberg, the reasons for the lack of lifeboats and the question of why so many third class passengers died in relation to others on the Titanic including the entire Goodwin family for whom the chapter is named for and why some passengers saw the ship sink intact while others saw it break in two a long held belief shattered when the wreck was found in The highlights of this section, and perhaps the entire book itself, are the chapters that cover two of the biggest ongoing controversies of the sinking: did an officer shoot at passengers before committing suicide himself and what song did the band play before the Titanic began its final plunge?
Those two chapters, indeed all of the chapters in this section, are not only fantastic and informative reading but they show Lord at his best: well researched yet highly accessible. Chapters thirteen and fourteen compare and contrast two ships that were nearby when the Titanic sank: the Carpathia and the Californian.