Titanic Books

April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the British passenger ship that went down in the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg.  There has been a boat-load of books written about this tragic event.  Here are some noteworthy titles.

The Dressmaker, a new novel by Kate Alcott, features the character Tess Collins, an aspiring seamstress hired by the famous designer Lady Lucille Gordon to be her personal assistant while they voyage on the Titanic.  Disaster strikes, and Tess is one of the last to escape the sinking ship; Lady Gordon assumes the role of lifeboat commandeer.  Personal dramas unfold during the ugly aftermath of the official investigation. 

No one writes action/adventure/espionage tales quite like Clive Cussler.  Raise the Titanic is one of his first books to feature Dirk Pitt, the handsome, witty, courageous protagonist with the devil-may-care attitude. 

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord, first published in 1955, is still one of the best factual accounts of the sinking of the Titanic.  Starting at 11:40 p.m. on April 14th the “unsinkable” Titanic strikes an iceberg, and by 8:50 a.m. the following morning it was all over.  The minute-by-minute re-creation is a real white-knuckler.

Although more than 1,500 people lost their lives that fateful night, over 700 others survived.  Lost Voices of the Titanic: The Definitive Oral History by Nick Barratt draws from never-before-seen archive material and eyewitness accounts by participants at every stage of the Titanic’s life.  A fascinating and illuminating book.

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