A Night to Remember: The Sinking of the Titanic

A Night to Remember: The Sinking of the Titanic

by Walter Lord
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A Night to Remember: The Sinking of the Titanic by Walter Lord

#1 New York Times Bestseller: The definitive account of the sinking of the Titanic, based on interviews with survivors.
 At first, no one but the lookout recognized the sound. Passengers described it as the impact of a heavy wave, a scraping noise, or the tearing of a long calico strip. In fact, it was the sound of the world’s most famous ocean liner striking an iceberg, and it served as the death knell for 1,500 souls. In the next two hours and forty minutes, the maiden voyage of the Titanic became one of history’s worst maritime accidents. As the ship’s deck slipped closer to the icy waterline, women pleaded with their husbands to join them on lifeboats. Men changed into their evening clothes to meet death with dignity. And in steerage, hundreds fought bitterly against certain death. At 2:15 a.m. the ship’s band played “Autumn.” Five minutes later, the Titanic was gone. Based on interviews with sixty-three survivors, Lord’s moment-by-moment account is among the finest books written about one of the twentieth century’s bleakest nights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453238417
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 45,110
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Walter Lord (1917–2002) was an acclaimed and bestselling author of literary nonfiction best known for his gripping and meticulously researched accounts of watershed historical events. Born in Baltimore, Lord went to work for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. After the war’s end, Lord joined a New York advertising firm, and began writing nonfiction in his spare time. His first book was The Fremantle Diary (1954), a volume of Civil War diaries that became a surprising success. But it was Lord’s next book, A Night to Remember (1955), that made him famous. The bestseller caused a new flurry of interest in the Titanic and inspired the 1958 film of the same name. Lord went on to use the book’s interview-heavy format as a template for most of his following works, which included detailed reconstructions of the Pearl Harbor attack in Day of Infamy (1957), the battle of Midway in Incredible Victory (1967), and the integration of the University of Mississippi in The Past That Would Not Die (1965). In all, he published a dozen books.

Walter Lord (1917–2002) was an acclaimed and bestselling author of literary nonfiction best known for his gripping and meticulously researched accounts of watershed historical events. His first book was The Fremantle Diary (1954), a volume of Civil War diaries that became a surprising success. But it was Lord’s next book, A Night to Remember (1955), that made him famous. Lord went on to use the book’s interview-heavy format as a template for most of his following works, which included detailed reconstructions of the Pearl Harbor attack in Day of Infamy (1957), the battle of Midway in Incredible Victory (1967), and the integration of the University of Mississippi in The Past That Would Not Die (1965).      

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A Night to Remember: The Sinking of the Titanic 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Robert-E-Lee More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for the history buff who loves the story of the Titanic. This author was the one who started the search for the ship
madmarlton More than 1 year ago
This book has been around for a long time. The thing that shows its age, though, is in the epilogues, where survivors of the Titanic are quoted. Of course, there are no more survivors. The ship sank over 100 years ago. But this narrative, without falling prey to the standard approach of creating fictitious characters to focus on at the expense of the real-life characters who sailed on that fateful crossing, keeps the reader riveted right to the end of the story; i.e., when the Carpathia returns to NY with those pitiful few who survived. What follows is somewhat less riveting, although the section on the fanciful stories that proliferated at the time is fascinating. (I loved the one about the Newfoundland dog who swam next to a lifeboat, leading it to the Carpathia!) The book also lists every passenger by name, italicizing those who survived. If you ever go to Halifax, NS, check out the Titanic cemetery. It's amazing...and spooky. Anyway, this book is one of the greatest accounts of the disaster that there are. Highly recommended.
easyreader50SV More than 1 year ago
This is a classic, and still worth reading. Of all the books and movies around about Titanic, this was written from interviews with survivors, information from newspapers and actual paperwork at the time, facts and fallacies alike. Of all the news reports on the event, only the Times actually said Titanic had sunk.Lord did not focus on any one passenger or group, but tried to give the reader an understanding of all those involved. Be sure to see the movie by the same title. Very well done with no known stars at the time. (David McCallum who played Bride, went on to become the more familiar Ilya Kuriaken in the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and more recently, Dr. Mallard of NCIS.)
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
One of the better accounts of what happened to the Titanic. Based on interviews with survivors. A lot of information other than just the technical facts that everyone knows. Done in an easy to read format that will keep you interested. Would recommend this book to all Titanic history buffs. Well edited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much detail about the night and it has many different perspectives of what was happening. Its a little hard to understand at first but after awhile its easier to get into. If you were wondering, the book has 10 chapters of the actual book the rest is facts and the table of contents. Altogether it was about 160ish pages. Thanks for reading?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like the story was accurately told and that the author did his research. It did get slow after the retelling of the sinking of the ship but it picked up again and i couldn't put it down. Very short book. Not sure if i would buy again but i would go to the library for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is on my special bookselve for only amazing books, and its worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Titanic has captivated me since I was a child. This book is well written, carefully thought out and put together. It's heartbreaking; yet, the overwhelming compassion and determination of the human spirit shines through.
The_Lady_Likes_To_Read More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the true story of the Titanic then this book is for you.  I have read this book many times and have not found it boring.  I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best
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A nice feeling that you are there on the Titanic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book really really good. The reason why I gave it four starts was because there are so many characters meanchened, that it was hard to keep up with them all.
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DCLOVELL More than 1 year ago
Well written. Great account of the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
1786 More than 1 year ago
Written when many Titantic survivors were still alive. British film, based on the book, is also excellent and viewable on you tube.
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What are the ages for the book? :)
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Yay rhis book is awesome havent read it yet though
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