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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; Original edition (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405386991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405386999
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an author, editor and photographer, and live in Stoke Newington, north London.

I've written sixteen travel, history and music books for Rough Guides as sole author, and shared authorship on several more. I also work for Lonely Planet; I updated the New Mexico chapter of the 2015 edition of Lonely Planet: Southwest USA, and I'm currently working on the Dodecanese chapter of Lonely Planet: Greece.

This year I'm also working on new editions of the Rough Guides to Barcelona, Central America On A Budget, and Provence and the Côte d'Azur.

I've recently completed new editions of the Rough Guides to Brittany & Normandy, Spain, and Belize, as well as DK Top Ten: Las Vegas, and written a new second edition of my Pocket Rough Guide to Las Vegas, as well as several sections of DK's Music: The Definitive Visual History.

As an editor, my recent projects have included Rough Guides' Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth, Lloyd Bradley's Sounds Like London, Dylan Jones' Elvis Has Left The Building, and Michael Haag's Inferno Decoded.

My Rough Guide to the Titanic, published in 2012, is a definitive guide to the most famous maritime disaster in history. You can read about it on my blog, blogtanic.wordpress.com, and website, gregward.info.

My photographs have been published in my own titles, and also in magazines, newspapers and other books.



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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hande Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Greg Ward wrote in the introduction to the book that "It will never be possible to tell the complete story of the Titanic." Yet in 253 pages he has managed to provide not just a rough guide to nearly everything we might want to know about the Titanic and its sinking in 1912, he wrote it with the skill of a seasoned storyteller. The book begins with "The 1912 Overture" and the drive to develop the White Star Line into a star shipping company. It follows with the story of the building of the Titanic and the technology of the day, including the new "wireless" communication. In one of the many boxed sides stories, Ward gives a short account of the use of the wireless to intercept a vessel carrying the infamous murderer Dr Crippen. There is a deck by deck description of the Titanic telling us where the library was, where the swimming pool was located and so on.

Ward then moves quickly to the night of 14 April when the tragedy unfolded. In a fluent account he tells how the lookout spotted the iceberg, what the captain did in trying to avoid the iceberg, the moment of impact, and the response of the passengers and crew; what they brought with them to the lifeboats - the Collyers took nothing at all; Major Arthur Peuchen took three oranges rather than a box containing $300,000; Henry Widener took his prized edition of Bacon's essays, saying to his mother, "The Little Bacon goes with me."

There is a long account of what went on in the lifeboats and how people were plucked from the sea. All in, 1,500 men, women and children perished that night. Next, Ward gives an account of the sensation created in the newspapers in the aftermath, and the even more sensational investigation and inquiry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Druss on 7 Mar. 2012
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With the April 2012 centenary of the sinking of the Titanic approaching it's a good time for anyone interested in the story of this disaster and why it lives on so powerfully to read this Rough Guide. It really is a guide, not only listing a wide range of sources - histories; biographies; fiction; movies; music; websites - for readers to follow up, but also deftly drawing on them to tell its own Titanic tale.

Following a succinct social and political placing of The Titanic in 1912's world of machines; modernity; wealth and poverty, the story quickly moves on to an account of the construction of the ocean going liner. From the quality of the rivets holding the ship together to the designated Captain Smith's possible overconfidence in handling the new super liners, elements are skilfully introduced both to tell the ongoing story but also ominously to foreshadow what we know is about to happen. When the story moves to its central section of the voyage and its disastrous outcome this use of small details and incidents to propel the story forward becomes even more marked and effective: drunken crewmen on shore leave miss the embarcation hour; a tired radio operator picks up the first message about icebergs in the area but doesn't immediately pass it on to someone with navigational skills to interpret it. Subsequently the protracted account of the sinking and then rescuing of only 711 people out of the 2206 on board makes for compelling and moving reading, and contrasts with the more measured accounts of the subsequent public enquiries and possible fudgings of responsibilities for the disaster.

Finally in the most intriguing section of the book there is a comprehensive discussion of the unresolved questions around the sinking which ensure that The Titanic remains a live and lively issue today.

In its lucid mix of deft selection from a vast range of sources and story telling skills it's difficult to see how this Guide could be bettered.
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I can't add much more than already has been written about this excellent book: Highly recommended, easy to read book with some interesting information I did not know on this subject matter. With such a "glut" of Titanic books coming on the market as we near the centennial of this tragic maritime disaster, this book stands out as among the best recent publications. As an avid reader on the history of the Titanic and the human story behind the tragedy, there is not much I had not "uncovered" till I read this book! I am definitely adding this book to my "Titanic Library"!
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