The Night Lives on

The Night Lives on

eBook - 1986
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Three decades after his landmark work A Night to Remember, Walter Lord revisits the Titanic Years 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?
Publisher: New York : Open Road Intergrated Media, c1986.
ISBN: 9781453238516
Characteristics: 1 online resource : char., map.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 23, 2011

Walter Lord remained devoted to the story of the Titanic after writing his groundbreaking account of the disaster A Night to Remember in 1955. When the wreckage was discovered in 1985, Lord couldn?t resist another rumination on the great ship?s lasting legacy. In The Night Lives On, Lord delves deeper into mysteries and myths that have accumulated over the decades. He sheds light on the rumor that a crewman shot into a crowd of passengers swarming around the last of the lifeboats. He ponders the pride and arrogance of the Edwardian age that is so frustrating to modern minds in the light of all the ?what ifs? that could have changed the course of Titanic?s history. He pours over the records for eyewitness accounts of the ship splitting in two and the band playing ?til the end. He contrasts the reactions of the ships Carpathia and Californian?the former rushed to Titanic?s aid but was over fifty miles away; the later passively puzzled over strange lights and rockets in the night from a distance of just fifteen miles or so. As it asks new questions, rights wrongs, and sets the record straight, The Night Lives On is another detailed, engrossing account of all things Titanic.

Nov 22, 2010

This is a wonderful book. For those who have read "A Night to Remember", which reads like a novel (only much better than most of the novels you have ever read) this is a quite different kind of book, really a set of self-contained essays on the Titanic, resembling a narrative only in the sense that they follow roughly in chronological order. But it answers a lot of the questions anyone familiar with the sad story of the Titanic must have asked themselves.


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