Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic

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No other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends and myths as Titanic. "Unsinkable" is a fresh look at this incredible story, one that centers on the people who built the ship, crewed her, and sailed on her. It follows the great ship as she grows on the ways at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, sails from Southampton toward her unexpected rendezvous with an iceberg, then slowly sinks into the North Atlantic, forever shattering the optimistic ...
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Overview

No other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends and myths as Titanic. "Unsinkable" is a fresh look at this incredible story, one that centers on the people who built the ship, crewed her, and sailed on her. It follows the great ship as she grows on the ways at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, sails from Southampton toward her unexpected rendezvous with an iceberg, then slowly sinks into the North Atlantic, forever shattering the optimistic complacency of her era. The story doesn't end there, however, for the tale continues through the high drama of the U.S. Senate investigation and the British Board of Trade inquiry, then introduces the "mystery ship" Californian, whose officers watched Titanic sink and did nothing for fear of being subjected to their sleeping captain's wrath. The narrative then carries on with the recovery of many of Titanic's dead and their interment at Halifax, Nova Scotia, through the discovery of the wreck in 1985, and finally to the abortive 1996 expedition to raise a section of her rusted hull.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
A Titanic buff for the last 30 years, Butler has assembled a well-researched and balanced account of the disaster and aftermath, drawing on first-person accounts and solid secondary sources. Although not heavily illustrated like John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas's classic Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy LJ 8/87 or Titanic Voices LJ 9/1/97, Butler's text uses vivid survivor narratives and anecdotes to capture both the feel of Edwardian society and life aboard a North Atlantic liner. He presents all sides of controversial issues without making clear which side he prefers. Finally, his treatment of the discovery of the shipwreck and subsequent salvage attempts is both timely and informative. A solid work that should serve public and academic libraries well. [Readers may want this book to find out just how many liberties were taken in the popular new Titanic film.Ed.]John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.
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Tucson Citizen, 2/28/12
“Provides even more depth to a story we think we already know.”

HudsonValleyNews, 3/21/12
“This author’s description of the boarding of the lifeboats is detailed and fascinating.”

InfoDad.com, 3/29/12
“[Butler’s] focus on detail provides fascinating bits of information…His combination of intimate detail, accurate narration and effective personalization of the tragedy remains as compelling today as at the time of the book’s original release.”
 
“The Bookworm Sez” (nationally syndicated column), 4/1
“Nicely updated”
 
Politics & Patriotism (blog), 4/9
“Written in a calm respectful narrative style that’s easy to read.”

Acadiana LifeStyle, April 2012
“Even if you thought you knew all there is to know about this tragedy, you will be surprised at recently discovered facts revealed in the new postscript and foreword updated by the author.”

WomanAroundTown.com, 4/12/12
“Butler has included not only the latest theories and findings, but also an examination of why we still care so much today. Butler is a military historian and a renowned authority on maritime affairs; no one less knowledgeable could shed new light on a story we all thought we knew.”

Midwest Book Review
, June 2012
“Any collection interested in the Titanic’s history will relish this revision.”

Curled Up with a Good Book“Unsinkable is a must-read for fans of the Titanic and buffs of plain old history. Butler’s attention to detail and obvious research provides a brief glimpse into a bygone era. Titanic is ultimately a cautionary tale of the hubris of man, and Unsinkable an entertaining read.”

PortlandBook Review, 11/3/12“Butler details everything you would ever want to know about the ship, and the book is just fascinating…Unsinkable is full of interesting information and is a good read in general. Get yourself a copy!”

Lone Star Book Review, January 2013Unsinkable is a well written story by an internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects. Daniel Allen butler provides more depth to a story many think they already know and this book has been updated to include the latest findings and theories on the ship’s sinking. Unsinkable will make an excellent addition to your Titanic book collection.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594465423
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Allen Butler, the son of a former merchant marine seaman, is the author of Unsinkable: The Full Story of RMS Titanic (0-8117-1814-X), and The Lusitania: The Life, Loss, and Legacy of an Ocean Legend (0-8117-0989-2). He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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