The Night Lives On: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the "Unsinkable" Ship—Titanic

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Open Road Media, Mar 6, 2012 - History - 250 pages
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Three decades after his landmark work A Night to Remember, Walter Lord revisits the TitanicYears after A Night to Remember stoked the fires of public interest in the doomed RMS Titanic, the clamor for details about April 14, 1912, has not abated. As die-hard professional and amateur historians—“rivet counters,” they are called—puzzle over minute details of the ship’s last hours, a wealth of facts and myth have emerged. Revisiting the subject more than thirty years after his first study, Lord dives into this harrowing story, whose power to intrigue has only grown a century after the Titanic’s sinking. Was the ship really christened before setting sail on its maiden voyage? What song did the band play as water spilled over the ship’s bow? How did the ship’s wireless operators fail so badly, and why did the nearby Californian, just ten miles away when the Titanic struck the iceberg, not come to the rescue? Lord answers these questions and more, in a gripping investigation of the night when 1,500 victims were lost to the sea.
 

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User Review  - MerryMary - LibraryThing

An excellent book - very different from "A Night To Remember," but as valuable and as well-done. This book focuses more on the mechanics and technology of the disaster. Lord told the human side of the ... Read full review

The night lives on

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In the more than 70 years since its occurrence, the Titanic disaster has evolved into a modern legend. The 1985 discovery and filming of the submerged ship renewed interset in the catastrophe and ... Read full review

Contents

Unsinkable Subject
Whats in a Name?
Legendary from the Start
Had Ships Gotten Too Big for Captain Smith?
Our Coterie
Everything Was Against Us
The Gash
I Was Very Soft the Day I Signed That
Shes Gone
The Electric Spark
A Certain Amount of Slackness
Secondguessing
Why Was Craganour Disqualified?
Unlocking the Oceans Secret
Gleanings from the Testimony
Acknowledgments and Selected Sources

What Happened to the Goodwins?
Shots in the Dark
The Sound of Music

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Walter Lord (1917–2002) was an acclaimed and bestselling author of literary nonfiction best known for his gripping and meticulously researched accounts of watershed historical events. Born in Baltimore, Lord went to work for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. After the war’s end, Lord joined a New York advertising firm, and began writing nonfiction in his spare time. His first book was The Fremantle Diary (1954), a volume of Civil War diaries that became a surprising success. But it was Lord’s next book, A Night to Remember (1955), that made him famous. The bestseller caused a new flurry of interest in the Titanic and inspired the 1958 film of the same name. Lord went on to use the book’s interview-heavy format as a template for most of his following works, which included detailed reconstructions of the Pearl Harbor attack in Day of Infamy (1957), the battle of Midway in Incredible Victory (1967), and the integration of the University of Mississippi in The Past That Would Not Die (1965). In all, he published a dozen books.

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