This passionate yet balanced narrative explores every facet of the "Titanic's" history, including her spectacular conception in an Irish shipyard and the ambitious attempts to salvage her. Drawn from primary sources and period accounts, this new narrative puts the disaster into historical context and will serve as an essential historical resource ...
This passionate yet balanced narrative explores every facet of the "Titanic's" history, including her spectacular conception in an Irish shipyard and the ambitious attempts to salvage her. Drawn from primary sources and period accounts, this new narrative puts the disaster into historical context and will serve as an essential historical resource for scholars of "Titanic" lore. photos.
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"Unsinkable" is a fulfilling read on the subject of the RMS Titanic. It is packed with much history, and tells it in an interesting and desirable way. I learned many new things about the ship itself and the people who became a part of the grand ship immortally, before, during, and after the awful wreck.
"It is a story of heroism, self-sacrifice, and noblesse-oblige, nobility, and prejudice; class and egalitarianism. No writer of fiction, no matter how gifted, would dare present the story of the Titanic as a product of the imagination: it would be too unbelievable. Even as fact it often stretches the bounds of credibility---yet it is all true." (Page IX, Unsinkable)
(As a side-note, I absolutely loved Butler's use of adding a Bible scripture pertaining the subject at the start of every chapter.)
Aside from Walter Lord's books, this is the next book in line that I have found which contains all the information you need to know on the Titanic. Definitely a preferred favorite.
"The story of the Titanic began long before her sailing day, her launching, her building.... She was, during her brief life, the culmination of technology, social, and economic trends that had begun more than a half century before her creation." (Page 221, Unsinkable)
Publishers Weekly, 1998-01-05 Because the story is so dramatic, this retelling of the sinking of the Titanic is a page-turner, even though Butler, a Florida-based veteran of the U.S. Army and a Titanic buff, has little to add to what is already well known. He presents interesting information on the first four days of the voyage but otherwise recounts the mishaps that contributed to the tragedy: the failure of the ship's officers to heed the iceberg warnings; the tacit refusal of a nearby ship to come to the Titanic's aid; and the fact that the few lifeboats that fled the ship were only half full, leaving behind 1500 passengers to perish. Although Butler notes that a greater proportion of first-class male passengers were saved than third-class women, he theorizes foolishly that this was due more to a conditioned lack of initiative on the part of steerage passengers than to class discrimination. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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