A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

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The classic minute-by-minute account of the sinking of the Titanic , in a 50th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick

First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic 's fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.

Available for the first time in trade paperback and with a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition by Nathaniel Phil-brick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory , Walter Lord's classic minute-by-minute re-creation is as vivid now as it was upon first publication fifty years ago. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this semicentennial edition brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of readers.

Publisher: New York : Henry, Holt, and Co., 2005.
Edition: First Owl Books edition
ISBN: 9780805077643
Branch Call Number: 910.9163 LORD W
Characteristics: xx, 182 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.


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ArapahoeHollyR May 16, 2017

A classic account of the sinking of the Titanic. Told in dramatic, narrative form with exceptional detail. Gripping and suspenseful. Recommended for anyone who loves a great disaster story!

Aug 13, 2015

Originally published in 1955, Lord's A Night to Remember provides a simple, beat-by-beat rundown of the events leading up to and during the tragic sinking of the Titanic. Numerous accounts of actual conversations and observations are presented, drawn from interviews from the survivors themselves. It's distressing to consider the number of details that had they gone differently may have completely altered the fate of the ship: "If the Titanic had heeded any of the six ice messages on Sunday...if ice conditions had been normal...if the night had been rough or moonlit...if she had seen the berg 15 seconds sooner--or 15 seconds later...if she had hit the ice any other way...if her watertight bulkheads had been one deck higher...if she had carried enough boats...if the Californian had only come." This and The Watch That Ends the Night would make an excellent fiction/nonfiction pairing.

Jun 25, 2015

This is my all time favourite Titanic Book, it is a riveting read concentrating on the personal stories of the everyday people aboard the Titanic on that fateful night. With so many books coming out of late on this subject, this book stands among the finest ever written on this subject.

janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

intresting perspective on how the Titanic sunk. Kinda a boring read for me.

Dec 14, 2009

Author Walter Lord was obsessed with the story of the Titanic since the since age ten, so when he grew up, he poured over document, interview, and shred of evidence he could find to put together this riveting account of the most famous shipwreck in history. From how the ship was built (?unsinkable?) and how it looked (complete with a French side-walk café) to first-hand accounts from the Titanic?s first-class millionaires, third-class steerage passengers, and able-bodied crew, A Night to Remember is moment-by-moment drama and suspense?even when we already know the tragic outcome. Lord?s account pays special attention the rigid social class system that existed on the Titanic (and in the larger world) and to the out-dated emergency procedures that kept the number of life boats to a minimum and resulted in the deaths of more half the people on board. There are accounts of heroism here as well as acts of cowardice; millionaires stoically deciding to go down with the ship while hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, never get the opportunity to make such a decision. That moving contrast is precisely what has made the Titanic first and final disaster so memorable and Walter Lord?s book is still the finest account of the grand ship?s first and final voyage.


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janellejordan Jun 03, 2015

The Titanic ship goes through the Titanic hitting the iceberg. People worrying and wondering if there will be enough room on the life boat.


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