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A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic Paperback – 5 Apr 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141399694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141399690
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A stunning book, incomparably the best on its subject (New York Times)

Walter single-handedly revived interest in the Titanic...an electrifying book (John Maxtone-Graham, maritime historian and author)

Absolutely gripping and unputdownable (David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author)

Devotion, gallantry...Benjamin Guggenheim changing to evening clothes to meet
death; Mrs. Isador Straus clinging to her husband, refusing to get in a lifeboat; Arthur Ryerson giving his life belt to his wife's maid...A book to remember

(Chicago Tribune)

Seamless and skilful...it's clear why this is many a researcher's Titanic bible (Entertainment Weekly)

Enthralling from the first word to the last (The Atlantic Monthly)

Moving and extremely well-documented (Oxford Mail)

About the Author

A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law, Walter Lord served in England with the American intelligence service during the Second World War. His interest in the Titanic dates back to 1926 when, at ten years old, he persuaded his family to cross the Atlantic on the Olympic, sister ship to the doomed ocean liner. Lord was renowned for his knowledge of the Titanic catastrophe, serving as consultant to director James Cameron during the filming of Titanic. A Night to Remember was published in 1955 and has never been out of print. Walter Lord died in 2002.


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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 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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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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By me on 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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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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"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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I've seen both the 1957 film Night to Remember and James Cameron's "Titanic", but the older film is much better and this is the book that film was based on. Reading the book, you can easily identify the characters in the film. The story is told as witnessed by people actually present, many of whom were still alive when this book and the film were made. The author does comment on discrepencies between various accounts and on the wild and inaccurate reporting of the time. He does not delve into the lunatic fringe conspiracy theories that sprang up years later when there were no more eyewitnesses to debunk them. If you want the definitive description of that night out in the Atlantic with detail not shown in the films, this is the best book to buy.
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