The Titanic For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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The Titanic For Dummies promises to be the most complete book on the shelf. No other book examines the building of the ship, life onboard during its maiden voyage, tragic decisions made that fateful night, the discovery of the wreck, and all the controversies surrounding one of the worst naval disasters of all time. Information includes:
  • A comprehensive Titanic Timeline, including the truth behind the reason for the sinking (was it faulty steel, bad riveting, or just poor ...
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Overview

The Titanic For Dummies promises to be the most complete book on the shelf. No other book examines the building of the ship, life onboard during its maiden voyage, tragic decisions made that fateful night, the discovery of the wreck, and all the controversies surrounding one of the worst naval disasters of all time. Information includes:
  • A comprehensive Titanic Timeline, including the truth behind the reason for the sinking (was it faulty steel, bad riveting, or just poor design and arrogance?), and when and where the ship actually split in two.
  • An exhaustive Titanic “Who’s Who,” including a definitive list of the 1500+ souls who perished.
  • Ship registry documents, deck plans, menus for all passenger classes, and more.
  • Transcripts of the 70 Marconigrams sent following the collision with the iceberg.
  • Chapters on the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s insurance claim, the lifeboats, the watertight doors, reports of shots being fired onboard, details of Captain Smith’s death, Murdoch’s possible suicide, the band and their last song, and much more.
  • Findings from the Titanic hearings on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • A complete recounting of Robert Ballard’s discovery of the wreck in 1985, approximately 2 1/2 miles down … and the ongoing debate over whether to salvage the wreck or let the ship remain as a memorial to those who perished.
  • Titanic in pop culture: from Broadway to one of the most highest grossing movies in history (being re-released in 3D in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118206508
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 528,384
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Stephen Spignesi is the bestselling author of more than 50 books. He is a Practitioner in Residence at the University of New Haven in Connecticut where he teaches Composition and Literature, Writing, and courses on Stephen King and the Titanic.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Titanic: A Century of Legend 7

Chapter 1: Why the Titanic Endures 9

Chapter 2: Building the Ship of Dreams 19

Chapter 3: From Royalty to Rats: Who Sailed on the Titanic 33

Chapter 4: Life Onboard: From Breakfast and Lunch to Steerage and Bunks 55

Part II: Tragedy at Sea: The Titanic Sinks on Its Maiden Voyage 71

Chapter 5: Four Days of Smooth Sailing 73

Chapter 6: The Collision and Sinking 83

Chapter 7: Surviving the Sinking of the Titanic 99

Chapter 8: “I Was There”: Firsthand Accounts of the Sinking 121

Chapter 9: How the World Learned about the Titanic’s Loss 149

Chapter 10: Investigating the Titanic’s Demise 163

Part III: Exploring Enduring Titanic Mysteries 187

Chapter 11: Doomed from the Start? Studying What Went Wrong 189

Chapter 12: Lingering Questions about the Titanic’s Final Hours 201

Chapter 13: Foreshadowing the Tragedy? The 1898 Novella The Wreck of the Titan 213

Part IV: The Quest to Recover the Titanic 219

Chapter 14: Looking at Early Attempts to Raise the Titanic 221

Chapter 15: The Quest of the Century: The 1985 Discovery of the Wreck 233

Part V: The Titanic in Popular Culture 247

Chapter 16: Salvaging the Titanic and Its Artifacts 249

Chapter 17: Presenting the Titanic Story on Screen and on Stage 265

Part VI: The Part of Tens 275

Chapter 18: Ten Fascinating Titanic Artifacts 277

Chapter 19: Ten Titanic Myths Debunked 285

Chapter 20: Ten Terrifi c Titanic Documentaries 293

Appendix: A Titanic Timeline 301

Index 309

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Fascinating and insightful

    With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking looming (April 14-15, 2012), there will, no doubt, be a myriad of books published to commemorate the event. The popular “Dummies” series, which has published books on such varied topics as meditation to stock investing, has jumped into the fray with their offering, The Titanic for Dummies. For those intrigued by the legend that is the Titanic, this is one book that will put everything neatly together in an interesting and educational package. The Titanic for Dummies is broken up into six parts - A Century of Legend, The Titanic Sinks on its Maiden Voyage, Exploring Enduring Titanic Mysteries, The Quest to Recover the Titanic, The Titanic in Popular Culture, The Part of Tens (short chapters with top tens lists). The chapters within each part examine just about everything you could think of related to the giant ship from what passengers ate, how they entertained themselves, the sinking, the investigations (including testimony), and even debunking myths. While there are not many photos in this book, that’s truly the only thing I would change. The book was well written and for anybody interested in the topic, it will prove fascinating. The sections with background on passengers and their fates, as well as survivors’ accounts, lend a realism that proves quite haunting. The history of the Titanic isn’t simply a history of a ship sinking, but of lives lost, families torn apart, and the aftermath of what surviving such a horrible night had on so many people. Quill says: Author Stephen Spignesi is to be commended for putting together such a complete, fascinating, insightful book that examines every facet of the Titanic.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Titanic lover

    The titanic museum in pigeon forge tennesse has a lot of facts too there is also a big book of facts about titanic it is really neat.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Fantastic

    This id the best book ever.i give it b14,890,763

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Extremely Detailed!

    Gives just about every detail and tid-bit of information that you could possibly need or want! very interesting!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Good book

    Gummibears!!!!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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