Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic [NOOK Book]

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Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later, she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, having taken with her more than 1,500 of the roughly 2,200 people on board. Even now, a century later, no other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends.

“Unsinkable” provides a fresh look at the Titanic’s incredible story. Following the great ship ...

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Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic

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Overview


Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later, she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, having taken with her more than 1,500 of the roughly 2,200 people on board. Even now, a century later, no other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends.

“Unsinkable” provides a fresh look at the Titanic’s incredible story. Following the great ship from her conception to her fateful collision to the ambitious attempts to salvage her right up to the present day, Daniel Allen Butler draws on thirty years of research to explore the tragedy and its aftermath in remarkable depth and detail. The result is a must-read for anyone interested in the Titanic.

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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: 9780306821035
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 297,260
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Allen Butler, a military historian and internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects, is the author of The Lusitania and The Warrior Queens  
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Nothingnew

    Ibought this book because I have read most of the major Titanicbooks. It Also because I just read his newer book the Other Side of the Night about the Titanic, Californian and the Carpathia. That actually had some new stuff about the two captains,the Californian's lack of response to rockets and Lord's personality and the life he lived afterwards. It really was inteesting. There are better books about the titanic....Maiden voyageand of course a Night to Remember as well as Lightoller's biography.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Strictly Facts

    Let me start out this review by saying that this book was amazing. I have always been itrigued by the story of the Titanic but it was hard to get a story that didn¿t try to lay blame on one person or another. This book is exactly what I wanted; it is the story of the Titanic based strictly on facts and passenger accounts of what happened on board. Daniel Allen Butler did his research when he wrote this book about the worst tragedy to ever hit the ocean, it is a very detailed account of what happened from the building of the Titanic to the inquiries in to who was to blame for the incident. No other tragedy in the history of man could have been so easily averted. There was a series of events that caused this momentus loss of life, and had any one of these events been altered it could have saved the 1502 passengers lives that were lost. One thousand five hundred and two lives gone in one night with only 705 passengers saved a tragedy indeed. The good thing about this book is that it is based on the facts. It isn¿t romanticized in the least bit. You can read the book and you feel you know what happened that tragic night. However it does leave you questions, which will perhaps never be answered. Yet this is a good thing, a good book is going to do that to you, it¿s going to make you want to learn more about the subject. Ever since reading this book I have wanted to learn more and more about the Titanic and the people on board her. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I¿m still hooked now. The only bad thing about this book is that it is loaded with so many facts that you aren¿t able to take them all in at once. This to me isn¿t a bad thing however because I will reread it in the next week and it will be like a new book with new facts that I didn¿t remember from the last time I read it. So if you have any interest in the Titanic or if you are simply interested by a great tragedy go pick up this book it will have you hooked in the first five minutes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Highly recommended - captivating!

    Well written and researched. The factual account of events is in no way boring or pedantic, and makes you feel as if you can see each moment as it unfolds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Most know the story of Titanic but each read is from a different

    Most know the story of Titanic but each read is from a different perspective. This was an enjoyable read but also a reminder of our short lifespans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    An excellent account with a lot of information that I had not re

    An excellent account with a lot of information that I had not read before. A must read for any Titanic enthusiast!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Karly

    (Found it ^.^)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Accurate

    'Unsinkable' takes the hype out of a real life tragedy. Totally detailed, the book sets out to show that apart from her size and opulense there was nothing extra ordinary about her maiden voyage until she hit the iceberg. This will always be a tragedy of human error, Dan Butler seeks to bring life to those whose cumulative decisions keep Titanic at the fore front of maritime history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    BORING!

    THIS BOOK HAD TO MUCH DETAIL THAT WAS NOT NEEDED. TOOK TOO LONG TO GET TO THE ACTUAL STORY OF THE TITANIC. I WAS DISSAPPIONTED DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO FINISH READING THE BOOK.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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