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The Titanic for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

320 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9781118177662

ISBN-10: 1118177665

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"The Titanic For Dummies" paints the whole picture of the most famous maritime disaster. It examines the building of the ship, life onboard during its maiden voyage, tragic decisions made that fateful night, the discovery of the wreck, and the many controversies that have emerged in the century since the sinking. Information includes: Theories behind the reason for the sinking (does the blame lie with the watertight doors, bad rivets, or crew negligence?), and when and where the ship split in two.A detailed look at how the lack of lifeboats -- and the chaos that resulted in lifeboats launching before they reached capacity -- resulted in lives lost.A Titanic "Who's Who" identifying notable passengers, including those who were famous before the tragedy and those who gained fame because of it.Current thinking about reports of shots being fired onboard, the details of Captain Smith's death, Murdoch's possible suicide, and the band's last song.Findings from the Titanic hearings on both sides of the Atlantic.A recounting of Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck in 1985 and the ongoing debate over whether to salvage the wreck or let the ship remain as a memorial to those who perished.A glimpse of the most fascinating artifacts salvaged from the wreckage.The Titanic in pop culture: from Broadway to one of the most highest grossing movies in history (being re-released in 3D in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary).

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9781118177662
ISBN-10: 1118177665
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.12
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9781118177662

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
The Titanic: A Century of Legendp. 7
Why the Titanic Enduresp. 9
Building the Ship of Dreamsp. 19
From Royalty to Rats: Who Sailed on the Titanicp. 33
Life Onboard: From Breakfast and Lunch to Steerage and Bunksp. 55
Tragedy at Sea: The Titanic Sinks on Its Maiden Voyagep. 71
Four Days of Smooth Sailingp. 73
The Collision and Sinkingp. 83
Surviving the Sinking of the Titanicp. 99
I Was There": Firsthand Accounts of the Sinkingp. 121
How the World Learned about the Titanic's Lossp. 149
Investigating the Titanic's Demisep. 163
Exploring Enduring Titanic Mysteriesp. 187
Doomed from the Start? Studying What Went Wrongp. 189
Lingering Questions about the Titanic's Final Hoursp. 201
Foreshadowing the Tragedy? The 1898 Novella The Wreck of the Titanp. 213
The Quest to Recover the Titanicp. 219
Looking at Early Attempts to Raise the Titanicp. 221
The Quest of the Century: The 1985 Discovery of the Wreckp. 233
The Titanic in Popular Culturep. 247
Salvaging the Titanic and Its Artifactsp. 249
Presenting the Titanic Story on Screen and on Stagep. 265
The Part of Tensp. 275
Ten Fascinating Titanic Artifactsp. 277
Ten Titanic Myths Debunkedp. 285
Ten Terrifi c Titanic Documentariesp. 293
Appendix: A Titanic Timelinep. 301
Indexp. 309

Book description

The Titanic For Dummies paints the whole picture of the most famous maritime disaster. It examines the building of the ship, life onboard during its maiden voyage, tragic decisions made that fateful night, the discovery of the wreck, and the many controversies that have emerged in the century since the sinking. Information includes:

  • Theories behind the reason for the sinking (does the blame lie with the watertight doors, bad rivets, or crew negligence?), and when and where the ship split in two.
  • A detailed look at how the lack of lifeboats — and the chaos that resulted in lifeboats launching before they reached capacity — resulted in lives lost.
  • A Titanic “Who’s Who” identifying notable passengers, including those who were famous before the tragedy and those who gained fame because of it.
  • Current thinking about reports of shots being fired onboard, the details of Captain Smith’s death, Murdoch’s possible suicide, and the band’s last song.
  • Findings from the Titanic hearings on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • A recounting of Robert Ballard’s discovery of the wreck in 1985 and the ongoing debate over whether to salvage the wreck or let the ship remain as a memorial to those who perished.
  • A glimpse of the most fascinating artifacts salvaged from the wreckage.
  • The Titanic in pop culture: from Broadway to one of the most highest grossing movies in history (being re-released in 3D in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary).

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