For decades, disaster has been synonymous with the name Titanic, but by now very few people are left who actually remember the sinking of the "unsinkable" ship. Heyer traces the actual events of the sinking, the event's heroes and villains, and how the disaster was reported in the various media. Although the wireless was relatively new and not in use by the general public, the quick spread of word of the sinking through onboard radios was the most immediate dissemination of the news. The newspapers jumped right in, particularly the Hearst papers, the New York Sun leading with the headline "All Saved from Titanic after Collision," when, in truth, more than a thousand lives were lost. Heyer traces Titanic tributes in music (including a Leadbelly song) and films, such as A Night to Remember, and he brings up for discussion the ongoing controversy over whether the doomed ship's orchestra actually played "Nearer My God to Thee" while descending below the waves. Joe Collins
"...well-written and unique book." -- Choice
A wide-ranging assessment of how and why the sinking of the TITANIC has remained a perdurable part of the West's sociocultural heritage…Engrossing and original perspectives on a maritime misfortune that retains its fascination deep into the space age. Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
PAUL HEYER is Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.