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.
- A Titanic “Who’s Who” identifying notable passengers, including those who were famous before the tragedy and those who gained fame because of it.
- Current thinking about reports of shots being fired onboard, the details of Captain Smith’s death, Murdoch’s possible suicide, and the band’s last song.
- Findings from the Titanic hearings on both sides of the Atlantic.
- A recounting of Robert Ballard’s discovery of the wreck in 1985 and the ongoing debate over whether to salvage the wreck or let the ship remain as a memorial to those who perished.
- A glimpse of the most fascinating artifacts salvaged from the wreckage.
- The Titanic in pop culture: from Broadway to one of the most highest grossing movies in history (being re-released in 3D in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary).
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From the Back Cover
- The truth about life onboard, for every passenger class
- Little-known details about fateful decisions made during her maiden voyage
- Possible answers to enduring mysteries—from how the ship split in half, to Captain Smith's final words
- How the ship was discovered after more than seven decades of searching
An all-encompassing exploration of the Titanic
Are you fascinated by the Titanic? The Titanic For Dummies covers every aspect of the subject, including how she was built, what life was like onboard during her maiden voyage, tragic decisions made on that fateful night, the discovery of the wreck, and all of the controversies surrounding one of the worst maritime disasters of all time.
- The faces behind the legend — meet the larger-than-life people who designed, sailed on, crewed, and survived the Titanic sinking
- Tragedy at sea — find out what happened on the night and early morning of April 14-15, 1912, when the Titanic sank and those lucky enough to find a place on a lifeboat waited to be rescued
- Enduring Titanic mysteries — investigate different theories as to what caused the Titanic's demise and find out why the tragedy has kept conspiracy theorists busy for a century
- An ongoing quest for recovery — explore what it took to find the Titanic wreckage and why efforts to retrieve the ship's artifacts are such a source of controversy
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About the Author
- Why the Titanic has captured the public's imagination
- How the ship came to be financed, built, and launched
- What it was like to be a passenger, of every class
- Firsthand accounts of the terrible night
- The rescue efforts and the search for survivors
- Some of the first newspaper accounts of the tragedy
- Amazing artifacts salvaged from the ship's debris
Stephen Spignesi is the bestselling author of more than 50 books. He is a Practitioner in Residence at the University of New Haven in Connecticut where he teaches Composition and Literature, Writing, and courses on Stephen King and the Titanic.
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