A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

eBook - 2012
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#1 New York Times Bestseller: The definitive account of the sinking of the Titanic, based on interviews with survivors. At first, no one but the lookout recognized the sound. Passengers described it as the impact of a heavy wave, a scraping noise, or the tearing of a long calico strip. In fact, it was the sound of the world's most famous ocean liner striking an iceberg, and it served as the death knell for 1,500 souls. In the next two hours and forty minutes, the maiden voyage of the Titanic became one of history's worst maritime accidents. As the ship's deck slipped closer to the icy waterline, women pleaded with their husbands to join them on lifeboats. Men changed into their evening clothes to meet death with dignity. And in steerage, hundreds fought bitterly against certain death. At 2:15 a.m. the ship's band played "Autumn." Five minutes later, the Titanic was gone. Based on interviews with sixty-three survivors, Lord's moment-by-moment account is among the finest books written about one of the twentieth century's bleakest nights.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2012
ISBN: 9781453238417
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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AL_HOLLYR May 16, 2017

A classic account of the sinking of the Titanic. Told in dramatic, narrative form with exceptional detail. Gripping and suspenseful. Recommended for anyone who loves a great disaster story!

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ryner
Aug 13, 2015

Originally published in 1955, Lord's A Night to Remember provides a simple, beat-by-beat rundown of the events leading up to and during the tragic sinking of the Titanic. Numerous accounts of actual conversations and observations are presented, drawn from interviews from the survivors themselves. It's distressing to consider the number of details that had they gone differently may have completely altered the fate of the ship: "If the Titanic had heeded any of the six ice messages on Sunday...if ice conditions had been normal...if the night had been rough or moonlit...if she had seen the berg 15 seconds sooner--or 15 seconds later...if she had hit the ice any other way...if her watertight bulkheads had been one deck higher...if she had carried enough boats...if the Californian had only come." This and The Watch That Ends the Night would make an excellent fiction/nonfiction pairing.

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hazystar
Jun 25, 2015

This is my all time favourite Titanic Book, it is a riveting read concentrating on the personal stories of the everyday people aboard the Titanic on that fateful night. With so many books coming out of late on this subject, this book stands among the finest ever written on this subject.

janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

intresting perspective on how the Titanic sunk. Kinda a boring read for me.

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kalio
Dec 14, 2009

Author Walter Lord was obsessed with the story of the Titanic since the since age ten, so when he grew up, he poured over document, interview, and shred of evidence he could find to put together this riveting account of the most famous shipwreck in history. From how the ship was built (?unsinkable?) and how it looked (complete with a French side-walk café) to first-hand accounts from the Titanic?s first-class millionaires, third-class steerage passengers, and able-bodied crew, A Night to Remember is moment-by-moment drama and suspense?even when we already know the tragic outcome. Lord?s account pays special attention the rigid social class system that existed on the Titanic (and in the larger world) and to the out-dated emergency procedures that kept the number of life boats to a minimum and resulted in the deaths of more half the people on board. There are accounts of heroism here as well as acts of cowardice; millionaires stoically deciding to go down with the ship while hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, never get the opportunity to make such a decision. That moving contrast is precisely what has made the Titanic first and final disaster so memorable and Walter Lord?s book is still the finest account of the grand ship?s first and final voyage.

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janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

The Titanic ship goes through the Titanic hitting the iceberg. People worrying and wondering if there will be enough room on the life boat.

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