The Sinking of the Titanic

The Sinking of the Titanic

by Jim Whiting
     
 
The sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in 1912 was one of the most famous events of the twentieth century. The ship was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner of the age. While she was being built, Titanic was described as “practically unsinkable.” Yet she went down on her maiden voyage after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew

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The sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in 1912 was one of the most famous events of the twentieth century. The ship was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner of the age. While she was being built, Titanic was described as “practically unsinkable.” Yet she went down on her maiden voyage after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members perished in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. Nearly all died because the ship didn't carry enough lifeboats. Yet according to the shipping regulations at the time, Titanic actually carried more lifeboats than she was legally required to. Many people also believe that the ship was traveling too fast. Yet her captain wasn't doing anything different than nearly every other liner at that time. The sinking attracted worldwide media interest. This interest has never lessened. The loss of the Titanic is just as fascinating today as it was on the day it occurred.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Watergate traces the events that lead to Nixon's impeachment and resignation beginning with the start of the Vietnam War. Titanic chronicles the ship's fated voyage from design to destruction. While this topic is not new, Whiting offers a good introduction to the tragedy. He incorporates the new findings currently being argued, such as whether or not the sinking was due to the ship's design flaws or human misjudgment. Short chapters and the small trim size will appeal to readers who shy away from longer "report" books. However, the sophistication of the content (Watergate is particularly challenging as there are many players to keep straight) and the high reading level will put these titles outside of the range of less proficient readers. Overall, these are good supplemental purchases to round out collections.-H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154723
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Monumental Milestones Ser.
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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