In A Night to Remember, Walter Lord provided a minute-by-minute narrative that catches in your throat as you feel every icy touch of reality from that harrowing April night. You follow the names that have transformed into enduring legends and their own words create racing dramatic images but as you near the final page with its somber tribute to those over 1,500 souls lost; you also have so many burning questions. That’s when you need to pick up The Night Lives On: The Untold Stories and Secrets Behind the Sinking of the "Unsinkable" Ship—Titanic and revisit a condensed inviting account that is broken apart in time frames and stops to examine but ultimately educates, deftly debates, proves many a point with convincing evidence and yet all tells a commanding series of stories that are forever connected to the RMS TITANIC. Although each work was written years apart they belong together and whether the beginning or ending of the history of the marvel that was Titanic calls to you, start where you will and discover something special. Highly Recommended.
this book is one of the most informational books about the titanic.he really did his research on the ship.he has to be one of the greatest writers about the titanic there is.this book really gives you alot of info about people,other ships,crew,ect.
This book picks up where A Night to Remember left off. It updates information in regards to the ships break-up from the "new" information obtained by Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck. Some aspects of the sinking are recaped with additional survivor accounts plus much more information is provided of what was happening on the California, how the Carpathia responded, the inquests which followed, etc. Put together with A Night to Remember and you have an extremely comprehensive coverage of nearly all aspects of the Titanic sinking all presented in extremely readable and entertaining format. Highly recommended--a must read for anyone interested in this subject who wants to know all about it. I found it hard to put either book down and, of all the books I've read on the subject, I've found Walter Lord's two books to be the best.
When James Cameron's Titanic was released in 1997 I was 15 years old, and after seeing the movie I became completely obsessed with reading every single book about Titanic that I could get my hands on. Yes, it was probably helped by the fact that I loved Leonardo di Caprio, but more than that I was infinitely fascinated by the glamour of the ship and the way that so many people died on that dark, freezing night.
Although I read a lot of books about it at that time, it was only last year that I read A Night to Remember, probably one of the most famous books ever written about the Titanic. Walter Lord won me over with A Night to Remember - it felt like sitting down with someone to talk about it over tea and biscuits rather than being lectured at with cold, hard facts, so when I came across The Night Lives On a few months ago I grabbed a copy.
In The Night Lives On, Lord focuses more on the causes and aftermath of the disaster. The information gathering was obviously painstaking and thorough, and he works hard to ensure that all potential sides of a story are told without bias - from the explanation on why ship safety was so lax (a lot of ship owners had their fingers in that pie), the actual damage caused by the iceberg, the actions and reactions of the Carpathia and the Californian, through to the salvage attempts from right after the sinking up until the first sightings of the ship in the 1980's.
Although it was published more than 30 years after A Night to Remember, Walter Lord's writing style is still the same - it's not stuffy or dry and in fact it's almost conversational, like someone telling you a story rather than reciting a whole bunch of old facts and figures.
If you have (or had!) an interest in the Titanic, The Night Lives On certainly covers a whole bunch of subjects that aren't often touched on in other Titanic books, and does so in an interesting, readable way.
This has got to be on of the best Titanic books I have ever read. Not only is it was interesting book but it's a book that makes you think and face the facts. Some of the stories you thought were true, Walter Lord proves you wrong. This is a MUST READ
This is a perfect book for anyone looking to learn more about the official determinations about the Titanic and the events of that fateful night. Walter Lord once again outdoes himself in details, going step by step over the controversial issues of the night, and giving the reader the official version, as well as the most widely believed version, and includes many of his own ideas of what may have occured where there is still mystery. A must read for all serious Titanic fans!
I have just recently finished reading this book "The Night Lives On" and I feel it was a really good book because it gave you a feel for the ship (TITANIC)and what happened during the time around the disaster. The only thing I didn't like much was that the book talked a lot about things about ships that I didn't know or understand. If you're like me and don't know much about ships you might not enjoy the book as much as a person who understands a good amount about ships. Overall, the book was very intresting and gave great discriptions. It got a little boring in the last chapter , but I really enjoyed this book! -Rose Age:13
From start to finish the book brings home all the tragic events the unfold on the Titanic. It descrides how little a chance the passengers in the lower classes had of survival and how so many things went tragicley wrong on board.