5.0 out of 5 stars A short but enthralling account
This is a rather short, but enthralling account of the Titanic voyage, from the day of the disaster to the arrival of the Carpathia in New-York's harbour. No messing around with long prologue or introduction.
The author put the story together from several witness, and drew a full portrait of the sinking of the Titanic. No need for me here to recount the story,...
Published 10 months ago by Marc Ranger
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book but not enough action
I thought this book was too boring. I did not like how this book described the clothes that everyone had on. It seemed to focus on fashion more than the Titanic sinking. A major difference from the book and the movie is that the movie had main characters. The book was described everyone and just told the story of the Titanic from a minute to minute concept. The book...
Published on Sep 3 2001 by chris
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5.0 out of 5 stars A short but enthralling account,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic (Paperback)This is a rather short, but enthralling account of the Titanic voyage, from the day of the disaster to the arrival of the Carpathia in New-York's harbour. No messing around with long prologue or introduction.
The author put the story together from several witness, and drew a full portrait of the sinking of the Titanic. No need for me here to recount the story, but 2 facts litteraly blew my mind off; first, only one out of 14 lifeboats went back to look for survivors, primarly because the women in those lifeboats refused to put themselves in any danger. Knowing that many if not all of those women left husbands or adolescents on the Titanic to drown and freeze to death, this is rather horrible.
Secondly, even if the motto was "Women and children first", more first-class male passengers were saved than 3rd class babies or children. Equally horrible.
Even if you'll come across many unselfish heroics deeds told in the book's pages, those 2 gruesomes events was what got my attention.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean journalistic reporting,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic (Paperback)When I read it in my youth, it was the German translation, ('Die letzte Nacht der Titanic') and I found it so compelling, that felt I was part of the action. Now, many years later, I reread it in English. No matter in what language, it is still the classic account of what happened that night: No overblown hype, no laboured speculations, just a skillful collage of what the author learned from survivors and from his own research about the ship and tragedy, all written in a fresh journalistic style that draws you into the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of masterful non-fiction,
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy At Sea,
Gliding through a calm sea, disdainful of all obstacles, the Titanic brushed an iceberg. Two hours and forty minutes later, she upended and sank. Only 705 survivors were picked up from her half-filled boats. And she had been called "the ship that God Himself couldn't sink."
A Night to Remember is a minute-by-minute account of her fatal collision with an iceberg and how the resulting tragedy brought out the best and worst in human nature. Some gave their lives for others, some fought for survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in the boats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.
If you've seen the movie by James Cameron, this book is highly recommended to get the real story.
4.0 out of 5 stars The grand-daddy of all Titanic books...,
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but never archaic.,
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about TITANIC is right here !,
YOU WILL NOT REGET BUYING THIS BOOK !!
5.0 out of 5 stars The firstest with the mostest,
While there are other studies, what makes this one valuable is that the author interviewed over sixty survivors for the work. This is obviously a feat that can never be duplicated again, so we need to thank Walter Lord for getting the information while we can.
So we get the statistics of the ship, which are interesting. We also get to know the changes made to sea travel, and society in general due to the incident. But we also get what have now become the famous "What ifs?". There are almost a dozen things, from ship construction to someone merely taking a telegram more seriously, where, if just were to go the other way, it's very possible that nearly everybody could have been rescued. This is essential reading for those interested in the topic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching Story,
The passengers had to feel very scared. All they could think about was what their family members were doing in the other places on the boat. I could never imagine that.
The book tells you what happen and what the passengers felt when it was happening.
They could only think about how they were going to die too. They could only start thinking about touching the freezing water and freezing to death or drowning in the water.
They were out in the middle of nowhere and had no chance to really survive. The men let the wives and children go on the lifeboats first and then the husbands would get on lifeboats after everyone was off the ship. The wives and children could only think about where their grandpas or fathers were. They would never probably see them again in their lifetime. The fathers and grandpas and uncles would probably not survive the accident because it took so long just to get the wives and children on to the lifeboats.
While everything was happening, some people were in their beds just wanting to die that way, some were drinking as usual in the diner and some were just trying to survive. A lot of the passengers didn't even want to think of the way they were going to pass away.
I thought the novel was very good. I could feel what was happening as I read the story. It was very sad to read about how people felt and what they were thinking. The Titanic was one of the greatest ships ever and took so many lives in so little time. I could never imagine that happening. I don't know what I would think about if I had been on that ship. I think this novel is good for anyone that would like to read a good story.
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just an historical account,
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A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic by Walter Lord (Paperback - Jan 7 2005)
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