LIFE Titanic: The Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later

LIFE Titanic: The Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later

by Editors of Life
     
 

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One hundred years ago, a ship thought to be indestructible suffered the ill fate to strike an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic. The unthinkable occurred, and the Titanic went to the bottom. What happened on that cold and inky night has haunted and entranced us ever since.

Goodness knows, there have been other disasters-far too many

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One hundred years ago, a ship thought to be indestructible suffered the ill fate to strike an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic. The unthinkable occurred, and the Titanic went to the bottom. What happened on that cold and inky night has haunted and entranced us ever since.

Goodness knows, there have been other disasters-far too many disasters. But as the initial reception to Titanic, the most popular movie ever, just now being re-released in 3-D, proves: There has never been a disaster that so captivates the human imagination as that of the sinking of the Titanic. Now, on the 100th anniversary of "the night to remember," LIFE revisits this awesome human drama. Heroism is involved, and hubris. Romance and recrimination. A thousand stories spiraling outward-and all of them told in this commemorative LIFE book, in words and pictures.

This oversized, deluxe book is visually splendid and exciting on every page. It includes archival photography, past reporting in LIFE and the modern-day explorations of Robert Ballard and others that inspired the James Cameron film. The book will include a special section on the new 3-D treatment of the classic movie, just now being released. We return to first-person accounts, and the words of the survivors are brought to life-with many small stories from steerage told as well as the large, well-known drama from above decks. The book will also include interstitial chapters to lend context, such as a history of famous shipwrecks, and where the Titanic fits in the grand picture.

At the end of the story, the fact we entered with is inescapable: The Titanic tragedy is the one we care about, and need to revisit.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
LIFE's offering for the centenary of the wreck of Titanic is a slender coffee-table book with many photographic reproductions and relatively little text, which is expanded in font size to take up more space. The book doesn't break much new ground, hitting the usual highlights of the story, but with some instances of inappropriately breathless prose (e.g., "Okay, statistics fans, here we go!"), riddled with tiresome asides and cringeworthy pop culture references (e.g., "For four days, then, all was extravagant oceangoing bliss...and Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet canoodled in a corner"). A chapter featuring stories of selected survivors includes some photographs not usually seen. There is also a chapter on the discovery of the wreck and the salvage activities. Some of the photographic enlargements are not sharply reproduced. There is no index and no bibliography. VERDICT An optional purchase, best for readers with a casual, not overly fussy, interest in the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603202138
Publisher:
Time Home Entertainment, Inc
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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