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Titanic summary Titanic , series Titanic , book Titanic , pdf Titanic , Titanic 1228bf19e0 In This Gripping, Deeply Researched Exploration Of The Titanic S Tragic Sinking, Journalist Michael Davie Investigates The Events, Controversies, And Legends That Have Surrounded The Disaster Sifting Through Historical Documents And Survivors Accounts, Davie Details The Nineteenth Century Origins Of The White Star Line, Narrates The Story Of The Unsinkable Ship S Deadly Voyage, And Describes The Dramatic Discovery Of The Titanic S Wreckage In Davie Offers Insightful Portraits Of The Protagonists And Dramatizes The Confusing And Terrifying Hours That Passed From The Moment The Ship Hit The Iceberg Until Its Survivors Were Picked Up By The USS Carpathia A Full Day LaterNewly Updated On The Hundredth Anniversary Of The Tragedy By Titanic Expert Dave Gittins To Reflect The Latest Facts And Theories About The Ship S Sinking, Titanic The Death And Life Of A Legend Will Fascinate Titanic Experts, Amateurs, And Newcomers Alike


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  1. says:

    I work in a courthouse, and recently I was tapped to lead one of the 4th grade tours that take place every summer Of course I jumped at the opportunity I am a natural pedagogue and there s no audience quite so captive as 4th graders on a courthouse tour When they handed me a script, I just smiled and shook my head I got this, I said, as I lit the script on fire and dropped it in a trash can This story has been slightly embellished Towards the end of the tour after my extemporaneous 45 minute speech titled You Will Find No Justice Here I told the kids that the courthouse had been built in 1912 Titanic had been on my mind lately, as I d been reading a lot about a different seafaring disaster, that of the Lusitania Accordingly, I added That s the year the Titanic sank One of the kids raised his hand Yes I said Did you know that the Titanic was the largest moving object in the world he said Only for about ten minutes, I answered If she hadn t sunk she would ve been surpassed in size by the new German liners The Titanic was 900 feet long, the boy added, ignoring the historical reality of the Hamburg Amerika Line s Imperator, a larger vessel forgotten today because she never sank I was going to correct him Titanic being 882.5 feet long , but the tour was ending, so I left him with his illusions.The point, tenuous as it is Titanic endures This boy s parents would ve been young when Titanic was discovered by Robert Ballard in 1985 He would only have been a glint in his mother s eyes when James Cameron s Oscar winning film took the world by storm He might only have fragments of memories from 2012, when Titanic s 100 year sink a versary came around Yet despite coming of age after all these milestones, this young Titanic student was caught in the mystique, trading trivia with a fellow buff I was just about that boy s age when I first read Michael Davie s Titanic The Death and Life of a Legend I don t remember much about it, except that I didn t like it Rereading the book, I know exactly why I didn t care for it then, but appreciated it now This is not a Titanic narrative By law, every Titanic book has to be compared to Walter Lord s A Night to Remember, which is not just the best book on the sinking, but one of the most riveting historical accounts of anything, period Except The Death and Life of a Legend is nothing like A Night to Remember If there is Lord comparison to be made, it is to Lord s The Night Lives On, a sort of sequel to A Night to Remember Like the latter book, Davie eschews giving a chronological narrative of the most famous shipwreck of all time Instead, his book is a series of interconnected essays about different Titanic topics Unlike Lord, who used The Night Lives On to get at some semblance of truth, Davie s chapters are closer to ruminations They are not precise or overly concerned with proving a thesis And the shocking revelations promised on the back cover do not seem so shocking now the book was published in 1986 Still, this is an enjoyable read The Death and Life of a Legend contains eleven chapters which, as I mentioned above, are really like essays The chapter essays cover the building of the ships the sighting of the iceberg the question as to whether First Class received preferential treatment the behavior of passengers crew in the lifeboats the enigma of Captain Stanley Lord, master of the Californian, which failed to render aid the behavior of J Bruce Ismay, the White Star Managing Director who escaped on Collapsible C the role of Marconi in the disaster the two Titanic inquiries the discovery of the wreck which had just occurred when this went to print and finally the remembrances of the tragedy focusing on Halifax, where the bodies were returned Davie tackles these subjects in a discursive way Sometimes he writes in the detached tone of a historian at other times, he writes like a journalist, reverting to the first person in order to trace his own journey as he interviews various people or makes various discoveries In a book like this, with segregated topics, some parts are going to be better than others For instance, the chapter on the behavior of the Marconi Company operators after the sinking is mainly a drag Davie doesn t criticize Titanic s two operators Harold Bride and Jack Phillips for their behavior during the disaster He cannot Phillips died and Bride survived on the overturned Collapsible B Both men stood their posts till water came into the wireless shack Rather, Davie s spends this time criticizing Bride as well as the operator on the Carpathia for withholding information from the public until they were able to sell their stories Maybe it s because I m from a different age than Michael Davie, but the notion of a poorly paid disaster survivor selling his story just doesn t shock the pants off of me Other chapters, such as the one on Captain Stanley Lord, just felt tired and overdone Entire books have been spent dissecting Lord s behavior This chapter did not add anything of note But there are also some real gems inside My favorite part was Davie s chapter on First Class, and whether they received preferential treatment his conclusion was they did not Davie interviewed a man named John Thayer, whose grandfather John Thayer died on the Titanic, and whose father John Thayer known as Jack survived Thayer provided Davie with a remarkable letter written by Jack Thayer when he was seventeen years old The letter was addressed to the family of Milton Long Jack and Milton had been together at the end of the night, and jumped into the sea at roughly the same time Only Jack survived Milton let go and slid down the side and I never saw him again Almost immediately after he jumped I jumped Your son was perfectly calm all the time and kept his nerve, even to the very end I wish I had to tell you, but I hope this will be of some comfort to you I am sending you my picture, thinking you might like to see who was with him at the end I would treasure it very much if you could spare me one of his This is an incredible, beautiful, poignant letter, written once again by a seventeen year old who had just lost his own father To me, Jack Thayer is one of the most remarkable survivors to make it off the Titanic He found his way to the overturned Collapsible B, along with Harold Bride and 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller From the beginning as in, from the time he was fished aboard Carpathia , Thayer contended that the ship broke apart on the surface It took 73 years, but he was proven to be a reliable witness Thus, being able to read at length his letter to the Long family was a real treat I ve read quite a few Titanic books I don t place this one super high on my list That s not a knock, really There are just a lot of books on this subject, and not all of them float to the top See what I did there The Death and Life of a Legend is a grab bag, with some good stuff, and some average There s not any bad It s not one that I d recommend to that 4th grader on the courthouse tour, or for that matter to a person with a casual interest For Titanic buffs on the other hand Well, I suppose you ve read this already.


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    Do I need to tag this review as a spoiler if I mention that the ship sinks Everything I knew about the Titanic prior to reading this book had been gleaned from a picture heavy kids book I had when I was little and Leonardo DiCaprio The movie was atrocious I ll never let go, Jack , but that kids book I pored over that with equal parts horror and fascination many, many times, but then I apparently forgot how much the ship interested me because I never read anything else about it Until now, that is Dun dun dunnn.This book studies, as the title succinctly suggests, the life and death of the Titanic There is no mention of Jack and Rose Rather, it tackles the question of what happened not just in the hours after the ship struck the iceberg, but before the collision e.g., to what extent did the battle for transatlantic passenger line dominance impact the boat s questionable design What circumstances led Captain Smith to forge full speed ahead through a known ice field Did the ship s owners apply pressure to risk safety for speed Did anyone legitimately believe that a ship, floating on water, could be unsinkable and after she went down e.g., why did the crew seem entirely unprepared to respond to an emergency Did they wait too long to admit that the strike had been fatal Why were there 20 people in some lifeboats designed to hold 65 Was there really another ship nearby that failed to come to her rescue Why was the owner, J Bruce Ismay, such a pansy What was discussed at the hearings that followed, and why don t we have anyone to blame when so many things went wrong Fascinating stuff It makes me grateful that we live in a day where travel is done in the sky At least if shit goes wrong there it s over in like 30 seconds, whereas these poor people suffered for hours and hours A slow motion plane crash, that s the Titanic I m not typically a blame game kind of gal Sometimes things just go wrong The sinking of the Titanic, however, does not appear to be one of those things, in my expert amateur opinion.


  3. says:

    It s got to be hard to write a good Titanic book these days My last Titanic reading experience, Daniel Allen Butler s Unsinkable, was a good example of why beyond the transcripts of the American and British inquiries which were mined with great effect by Walter Lord, whose A Night to Remember still stands as the definitive story of the sinking there is a real paucity of information that makes it difficult to bring anything new to our understanding of the disaster So Butler simply poached large chunks of Lord s book and tried to pass it off as a modern retelling Unsinkable No Unreadable.Michael Davie s book is much better Instead of taking an approach that comes perilously close to plagiarism, Davie had the decency to explore, in chapter length treatment, new angles on some of the older issues and controversies surrounding the disaster.It didn t start out that way At the beginning of the book, I often found myself saying as I did constantly with Butler s book We already know this But Davie was a good journalist, and he seems to know when to move beyond well trodden historical ground and take us some place new His visit to the Harland Wolff shipyards in Belfast, for example, brings much life to his examination of the Titanic s creation So also does his visit to the Titanic graveyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia bring us the starkness of the victims fate In fact, this book is at its strongest when Davie gets away from his desk and piles of documents to take his readers somewhere I just wish there had been of this.For new information, at least to me, his chapter on J Bruce Ismay is a thorough examination of the life of that unhappy survivor, and his history of the Titanic Historical Society sheds new light on an aspect of the Titanic cosmos that few might have considered narration worthy There is of course a tedious chapter on the tedious Californian controversy they saw the rockets and did not act Enough already but also an excellent chapter on the lifeboats that makes up for that bone tossed to the Lordites It would have been great if Davie had given the same attention to Captain Rostron of the Carpathia, who acted decisively while the Hamlet of the Seas Captain Lord snoozed away within eyesight of the Titanic s distress signals, but really, who s going to outdo Wyn Craig Wade s chapter on Rostron, The Electric Spark Which brings me back to my original point In Titanic literature, nothing I ve read beats Walter Lord s A Night to Remember or Wyn Craig Wade s Titanic End of a Dream There are still important stories to tell that may yet get book length treatment the band, the officers, the third class experience But the gold fields of primary information are almost empty, mined out, and the rest are searching about for any stray nugget a new survivor letter, a rediscovered relic, a DNA identification of one of the victims which might lead to some new, important addition to the canon I hope I m wrong, but I suspect that Titanic The Death and Life of a Legend, is a worthy example of the best that can be done in the shadow of those two definitive volumes.


  4. says:

    The only problem I had with it was that it was outdated because it was published shortly after the discovery of the wreck, but that s my fault for getting an older book Although, the 100th Anniversary slapped on the top of the cover does lend you to believe it is a newer book, which doesn t help But still, it provided very good insight to both sides of many of the questions.


  5. says:

    I ve been reading and studying the Titanic since I was 8 years old it has been my ultimate fascination Davies takes many points I already knew and sheds well researched and documented light on them as well as bringing to light new issues and controversies I had never known If you re interested in learning about the Titanic, this book is an excellent starting point.


  6. says:

    I just bought Davie s incredible book, Titanic The Death and Life of a Legend recently as in summer 2019 recently and the first thing my husband said to me Another Titanic book Why Has the story changed He was teasing me because I am an avowed Titanic buff, and I already own an entire wall of books on the topic I have been obsessed with this tragedy since grade school, and although I wouldn t call myself an expert historian on the topic, I can hold my own on a trivia night How long was the ship 882 feet How long did it take her to sink 2 hours and 40 minutes Which lifeboat did Bruce Ismay board, a decision that both saved his life and destroyed it at the same time Collapsible C So, yeah, why would I need another book about an historic event I can already talk ad nauseam about for hours Well, let s just say there is always something to learn, even about a tragedy I know so well Especially in a book like The Death and Life of a Legend, which focused on the people and events around the Titanic tragedy and less on the sinking itself Davie opens with a history of the White Star Line and the political machinations in play with transatlantic shipping in the early 20th century He does cover the dramatic events of April 14 15, 1912, but he organizes them around themes as opposed to telling them in a chronological order for example, he dedicates an entire chapter to the hours the survivors spent in the lifeboats before the Carpathia arrived, with much of the text coming from published testimony And then Davie really hits his stride by going into the aftermath of the tragedy, with chapters on the persecution of the aforementioned Bruce Ismay, Captain Stanley Lord and the Californian scandal, the American Senate inquiry, and the British Board of Trade inquiry.It was in these chapters I did actually find myself learning new tidbits of information, and I became better acquainted with Titanic players I hadn t given much thought to before such as the overseer of the British Inquiry, Lord Mersey And I loved every word of it.So yes, I would say to my husband the story has changed In fact, I could even argue that the story Davie himself tells has changed The Death and Life of a Legend was originally published in 1986, shortly after the Titanic wreck was discovered This edition was updated in 2012 by Dave Gittins Davie himself had died in 2005 in time for the centennial anniversary, and the scattering of footnotes Gittins includes correcting information Davie had put forth as fact in his original work, is proof the story will always change.And it is proof I will continue to buy Titanic books.


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    I wanted to finish this before I made it to Belfast unfortunately it took me a little longer than that, but the experience of reading this before and after my trip to where it all began has been pretty cool.What I like about this book is what I said in one of my progress comments I like that Davie and Gittins, in his updates and notes has taken great care to present a nuanced view of the facets of the sinking he explores, giving the reader the opportunity to come to their own conclusions He doesn t tell the reader how to feel he tells the reader how other people felt and essentially asks, What do you think I especially liked hearing about the inquiries and about the differences in their approaches and goals I think when I was younger and initially developing my interest in the Titanic, I was most focused on the disaster itself, and to a lesser extent on the discovery of the wreck The decisions that led to the creation of the ship and the immediate legal aftermath of the sinking didn t really occur to me Now that I m older and have a better understanding of the fact that there was a massive human cost that needed to be accounted for, stuff like this is right up my alley.Definitely recommend to anyone else who is interested in learning about the Titanic definitely going to be taking a closer look at the bibliography.


  8. says:

    A solid book that was primarily written just after the discovery of the Titanic, but with some updates to account for the 100th anniversary of the sinking Davie covers various aspects of the Titanic, from the founding of its company and its construction, to its first and only voyage, to the various events and aftermath of the sinking It is well documented and makes great use of the available research and resources of the time It tends to be critical of just about everyone and everything associated with the ship, from the performance of the crew and key passengers to the various inquiries after the sinking It did offer some insight that I hadn t previously seen in other texts about the sinking For the update, it might have been stronger if it incorporated of the discoveries associated with the various dives to the wreck since the 1985 1986 expeditions how the ship broke up, its final disposition, etc as well as offer some insight into the 1997 movie, which took the tale and brought it to a whole other level of immortality Still, for a Titanic buff, this book is worth the time to read.


  9. says:

    4.5When I found this book tucked away in a corner of my school library, I had to pick it up I have to say, I wasn t let down Some points may have dragged a little bit, but overall the book was very informational and I being the nerd I proudly am enjoyed nerding out over it Highly recommend to people who want to read an informational book that discusses many topics.


  10. says:

    This was my first book on the Titanic that wasn t a book meant for children I can say if this book is good compared to other books on this subject For me it was good over view of the Titanic but it was a bit dry in some areas.


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