March 30, 2012
Have you noticed the plethora of new titles on the Titanic because of the 100 year anniversary?
Last week I was looking at a vendor record for Geoff Tibballs’ Voices from the Titanic: The Epic Story of the Tragedy from the People Who Were There. It seemed so familiar and I thought surely we’ve already ordered that? It turns out I was confusing it with Titanic–Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson, also on order. Not to be confused with Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage (1997), or with Lost Voices from the Titanic: the Definitive Oral History by Nick Barratt (2010), or the teen title The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic (2011). And those are just the ones involving voices!
This centennial is producing a cascade of publication and it’s beginning to be a blur.
Don’t even get me started on Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee.
Other potential display fodder –
The Titanic For Dummies paints the whole picture of the most famous maritime disaster. It examines the building of the ship, life onboard during its maiden voyage, tragic decisions made that fateful night, the discovery of the wreck, and the many controversies that have emerged in the century since the sinking. Information includes: Theories behind the reason for the sinking (does the blame lie with the watertight doors, bad rivets, or crew negligence?), and when and where the ship split in two. A detailed look at how the lack of lifeboats – and the chaos that resulted in lifeboats launching before they reached capacity – resulted in lives lost.
Just in time for the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic, this graphic deluxe edition compiles first hand accounts, testimonies, and letters by notable Titanic survivors, including Archibald Gracie, Lawrence Beesley, Elizabeth W. Shutes, and the “unsinkable” Molly Brown. Full of historically accurate details and an afterword by the grandson of Lawrence Beesley, Titanic Survivor and author of THE LOSS OF THE S.S. TITANIC, it will be the gift to give die-hard Titanic buffs. Authoritative, commemorative, and in a striking, luxurious package with an introduction by Titanic enthusiast and expert, Tim Maltin, this will be the authoritative work on the disaster.
With newly commissioned artwork, Wreck and Sinking of the ‘Titanic’ is a deluxe reproduction of the 1912 memorial edition edited by the great descriptive writer Marshall Everett and published immediately after the even occurred. This collectible volume gives a sobering account of the disaster, detailing exciting escapes from death and acts of heroism not equaled in ancient or modern times.
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