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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I would not hesitate to reccommend this book to anyone who was interested in the titanic. An excellent book that presents all the known facts in a clear understandable way. A must have book for anyone who wants facts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Book - Though Now Dated
This is a classic book on the sinking of the Titanic and the first book I ever read on the subject. It should be understood before reading this book that our collective understanding of the Titanic disaster has moved on since the time "A Night to Remember" was first published in 1956. For example, upon discovering the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic in...
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 Dec 1999
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I would not hesitate to reccommend this book to anyone who was interested in the titanic. An excellent book that presents all the known facts in a clear understandable way. A must have book for anyone who wants facts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling account of the Titanic disaster, 14 Nov 1998
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Titanic - the 'unsinkable' ocean liner sailed on her maiden voyage in April 1912 from Southampton. She would never reach her destination. Thoroughly researched and packed with first hand accounts from survivors, this book is considered to be the benchmark by which all other books on the subject are judged. First published in 1954 and used as the basis for the film of the same title starring Kenneth Moore, Walter Lord painstakingly researched evidence from both the UK and US investigations into the tragedy, and tracked down and interviewed scores of survivors to produce a book which is packed with detail. He engrosses the reader as the events unfold and the tale races towards its shocking end, carefully weighing up often conflicting accounts and arriving at considered judgements which give a unique insight into the sinking. Arguments over the exact events that night continue to this day - read A Night to Remember and decide for yourself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 17 July 2003
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Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" is a shocking blow-by-blow account of the Titanic's last night at sea. Lord has researched it well, and his writing style is fantastic. It is a very sobering book, and one that everybody should read at least once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Memory Of A Dear Friend, 23 Jun 2011
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This review is from: A Night To Remember (Hardcover)
This is hopefully the same edition of this book that my lovely friend Steve Rigby was given to read as an 8 year old. It led to a life long fascination with the Titanic which resulted in Steve becoming a world authority of the sinking of the White Star Line's finest vessel.
It's written in a way which means it's easily digested, and you want to read on and on. It's very difficult to put down, and it's informative without being overly flowery or too "wordy," quite rare for a book written when this one was.
Steve died suddenly of a heart attack on May 8th 2011, at the obscenely young age of 52. I can see why reading this book would spur you on to discover more. Thanks Steve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new format for an old favourite, 21 Nov 1998
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"A Night to Remember" has stood the test of time and remains streets ahead of any other record of the Titanic disaster in terms of accuracy, popularity and downright readability. Walter Lord's classic was the basis of the 1958 movie of the same name, which many still regard as the greatest film adaptation of the story, and this new audio cassette version is an equally triumphant production. Martin Jarvis's voice is familiar to most of the radio and TV audience in the United Kingdom, and his role as Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon in James Cameron's epic feature film has brought him to the attention of a wider audience. His voice has tremendous warmth and a reassuring authority which makes his reading of Lord's book a fascinating "listen". It would seem that whatever medium is used to interpret Walter Lord's masterwork, it cannot fail to hold the rapt attention of the reader/viewer/listener. This is a talking book to save for a special occasion. Listen to this en route to a train destination and you'll be so wrapped up in the tale that you'll probably miss your station; listen to it on a trans-Atlantic liner and you won't sleep a wink!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Book - Though Now Dated, 15 Nov 2005
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This is a classic book on the sinking of the Titanic and the first book I ever read on the subject. It should be understood before reading this book that our collective understanding of the Titanic disaster has moved on since the time "A Night to Remember" was first published in 1956. For example, upon discovering the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic in 1985 it was clear that the Titanic had indeed broken in half and rested upon the sea bed in two halves. As anybody who has seen the 1958 film "A Night To Remember"; will realise this book presents the ship as sinking whole, which was not the case. But this is not to say that this book does not have a lot of outstanding information to impart to the interested reader. The book considers the Titanic from the time in 1907 when she was conceived, the building of the Titanic, the maiden voyage and the sinking and finally the subsequent investigations and recriminations. Particularly thought provoking is the full listing of the passengers at the back of the book including those who survived along with those who perished. What I found particularly shocking was the listing of Third Class Passengers, with its very low numbers of survivors. Walter Lord's book is very easy to read, though the subject matter is somewhat more difficult to digest, due to the overwhelming nature of the Titanic tragedy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Popular, 2 April 2012
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Ever since this was first published in 1955 it has never been out of print, and is now considered a definitive Titanic account for all who are interested. This edition has a new foreword by Julian Fellowes, and an introduction by Brian Lavery. Walter Lord was keenly interested in the Titanic disaster and for this book he spoke to over sixty people who survived the sinking.

The main reason I think why this has always been popular and in print is due to the way it is set out. Without going into loads of facts and figures and lots of technical terms, Lord kept the text concise and to the point. This book is more about how people reacted when they found that the liner they were upon was actually going to sink. In a way this is a snapshot of that infamous night and what happened. If you only read one book about the Titanic in many ways it is because of this structure of the text that will keep you interested.

Giving some insight into how people reacted and what actions were taken, or not taken this is of interest to those who want to know more about how things actually were on that fateful night, giving in effect a snapshot view. This book has two sections of illustrations and photos, as well as a passenger list for the Titanic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive story, 7 April 2012
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I returned to this book as an old friend after enduring the soap based horrors of the 1997 film and 2012 ITV drama. Written in a brilliantly understated style, it tells the story from the perspectives of crew, officers and passengers from all classes. It outlines the many forgotten acts of bravery, such as the 3rd class steward who led groups of his passengers to safety; the stokers and electricians who stayed at their posts...and thankfully, it avoids sentimentality while bringing home the full horror of the event. Yes, it may lack the sophistication added by the discovery of the wreck, but it can't be beaten as an honest and compelling story. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 19 May 2011
Excellent book, heart wrenching stuff. I did read that this was James Cameron's bible when he was creating the film, Titanic. I later learned that a few of the details were incorrect. These however, are insignificant and to the reader with not much knowledge of Titanic, irrelevant. I thought that with this being written years ago, it would be difficult to read. Quite the opposite, amazing and clear, nice job.

Connor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See the film, 10 Jan 2014
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Saw the film, Night to Remember (Kenneth More), long before I read the book and have to say I am more likely to replay my old VHS than read the book again. If you are new to exploring the Titanic legend however I would say read the book first, absorb as many facts as you can, and then buy Night to Remember and be enlightened.
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