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The Titanic: Disaster of a Century

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In this centennial edition of the definitive book on the Titanic, new findings, photos, and interviews shed light on the world’s most famous marine disaster for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.

On that fatal night in 1912 the world’s largest moving object disappeared beneath the waters of the North Atlantic in less than three hours. Why was the ship sailing t
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 26, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
This book does not chronicle the disaster from the point of view of the event itself -- rather, it concentrates on the Senate hearings that occurred after the fact. The book is filled with details about passengers and crew members, procedures on ships at the time, and the results of the disaster. However, it also contains quite a bit of information about the members of Congress who were involved in the investigation, which, to some extent, seemed a bit extraneous. The author also became very phi ...more
Dell Deaton
Titanic: Disaster of the Century by Wyn Craig Wade is, as the publisher notes, little more than a slightly updated re-release of The Titanic: End of a Dream. Mr Wade passed away in 2006.

A lot has obviously changed in terms of what has come to be known about RMS Titanic over the decades since the original End of a Dream was first published. But you wouldn't know it by listening to Disaster of the Century and comparing the two.

In my Goodreads review of The Titanic: Death of a Dream, I gave Wyn Cra
May 08, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it
The classic study of the Titanic disaster and the hearings that took place in the United States following the tremendous loss of life. Highly recommended to those interested in studying what happened, and why.
May 02, 2015 Dann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Wyn Craig Wade’s The Titanic: Disaster of the Century (previously titled (The Titanic: End of a Dream) is a fascinating and in-depth analysis of the loss of the RMS Titanic. Uniquely structured, Wade focuses on the United Sates Senate inquiry and unfolds the disaster as it was learned through the newspaper accounts and witness testimony, which gives an air of mystery and suspense to the book. In fact, it becomes quite engrossing to see how the sinking was investigated and how the public, the pre ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Bruce rated it really liked it
This year is the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic, and books and articles are proliferating to mark this event. I have had only a superficial knowledge of the facts regarding Titanic and but minimal interest in its story, having not even seen the blockbuster movie. But I was led to read this particular 1986 book primarily because its author, Wyn Wade, and his widow Barbara who has updated and republished the book this year, were high school classmates and friends of my wife, Carla, and w ...more
Ronald Beaudrie
Covers the sinking from various angles and incorporates different theories of how the ship sank. Marvelously prepared.
Jun 15, 2014 Vicki rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Definitely not for me. I couldn't get into it at all. Focus was on hearings after investigation.
Feb 14, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Brilliant.. Focuses on the Senate hearings following the disaster. There is as much courtroom procedural drama here as there is the dramatic events of the sinking. the book, originally published in the 70s has a new foreword that places titanic in context along with more modern disasters. This was added after the death of the author. There is also a revised epilogue added after the discovery of the wreck in 1985. I am a Titanic geek, and this is the definitive book about the shipwreck.
Kathleen Stark
Nov 01, 2013 Kathleen Stark rated it it was amazing
This author believes that there is enough drama in this story without making anything up or creating conversations. Borrowing heavily from the US Senate investigation immediately after the disaster, he creates a scene and places it in the context of the world in 1912. The Gilded Age. Although the account is based entirely on fact and testament, a very real look at human nature and a feel for the moments of the scenerio come forth clearly.
Cherie Phillips
Jun 03, 2015 Cherie Phillips rated it it was amazing
Very well researched extensive look into what happened on the Titanic, it's aftermath and the effects on the world.
May 16, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
An excellent, fast-paced overview, despite originally being written more than a century ago. You can see where James Cameron got his ideas.
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this is a complete story of the titanic. From the start of the journey to the wreckage under the sea many years later.
Reet Champion
A superb work. The narrator isn't boring and the writing style is impeccable.
Nat Bond
Jun 24, 2012 Nat Bond rated it it was amazing
An outstanding narrative of a tragedy that didn't need to happen.
Michelle (Champ)
Full of technical stuff. If you like that you will love this book.
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