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The "Titanic" Experience: The Tragic Story of the Unsinkable Ship and Her Enduring Legacy [Hardcover]

Beau Riffenburgh
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1 Sep 2008
It was hailed as "unsinkable", the biggest ship in the world, the ultimate in seafaring luxury. Yet within five days of setting off from Southampton on its maiden voyage, Titanic had sunk to the bottom of the sea with the loss of over 1,500 lives. Nearly a century on, the fate of the Titanic remains the worst disaster in seafaring history. Dozens of books have charted the all-too-short life of the Titanic but this is the first to contain 30 fascinating facsimile items of Titanic memorabilia. These give the reader a unique and compelling insight into life on board the Titanic as she ventured out into the icy seas of the North Atlantic in April 1912 and include: the clearance form authorizing Titanic to set sail; the ticket belonging to Father Frank Browne; telegrams sent to and from Titanic on the night of the collision; and, a condolence telegram sent to US President William Taft.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847324851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233002453
  • ASIN: 0233002456
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'this stunning...edition is a real treasure, telling Titanic's story from cradle to grave and beyond'
--Family Tree Magazine, April 2012 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Beau Riffenburgh is an author and historian. A native of California, he earned his doctorate degree at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and since 1994 he has served as editor of Polar Record, the world's oldest journal of polar research. He has also lectured in history at the University of Cambridge and written several books, including The Royal Geographical Society Exploration Experience, published by Carlton. He lives in Wales.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Titanic" Experience 23 Sep 2013
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A great purchase. The whole concept of the book is brilliant. Having the facsimile documents is very clever and does give that real incite to the Titanic voyage and the ensuing tragedy. It is such an easy read with the detail level being just right. Not too much technical detail and just about the right number of pictures make this a book that appeals to any age person interested in the Titanic. The price paid is fantastic and I thouroughly recommend this book to all Titianic afficianados.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This work defines "complete!" 31 Aug 2013
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As a shipwreck historian, I am fully aware of the value of thorough research. It is a process which takes those who seek information into just about any building anywhere in the world. This is because the answers are not always found within the walls of maritime museums, libraries, schools and private collections. Of course, hundreds of books have been written about the Titanic and there are many more about shipwrecks in which this particular tragedy is featured. Naturally, amongst these, overall standards vary widely.

And now we have yet another work on this, the world's most famous shipwreck and, whilst I cannot claim to have read all the others, I would suggest this is easily the most outstanding of all.

Why? Firstly, I have been truly impressed with the overall quality of the product itself and actually marvelled at the way in which it has been put together. This is a large format book which fits neatly into a box case. With high quality colour images on every page, several have either a hidden pocket or a taped-on envelope containing some little gem of information. Whereas other works often included a menu or telegram reproduced just like any picture is published in a book, here we have details never previously seen - such as a series of letters asking a British TV company not to screen one particular film version of the disaster because it inaccurately portrayed some of those who died and we are able to remove these treasures and inspect them as separate documents.

With all manner of peripheral forms, letters, genuine postcards and much more besides, not only does it all combine to provide the reader with a thorough appreciation of the painstaking research which has gone into the making of this book, but all that research is enclosed for us to inspect.

Just inside the book's front cover we also find an audio CD containing several first hand accounts which come together to cover the life and death of this amazing vessel. From the ship builder's son who recounts how he watched the Titanic sail out to sea as a boy, to the man who wondered where the ice had come from, to the personal stories of those who survived, they all make compelling listening. All things considered, this work creates a new definition of the word "complete!"

For those who require the best possible assessment of the Titanic story, this is the only work you need ever consider. You will not be disappointed.

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