Night to Remember Author:Walter Lord She was the world's biggest-ever ship. A luxurious miracle of twentieth-century technology, the Titanic was equipped with the most ingenious safety devices of the time. Yet on a moonlit night in 1912, the "unsinkable" Titanic raced across the glassy Atlantic on her maiden voyage, with only twenty lifeboats for 2,207 passengers. ... more »A Night to Remember is the gut-wrenching, minute-by-minute account of her fatal collision with an iceberg and how the resulting tragedy brought out the best and worst in human nature. Some gave their lives for others, some fought like animals for survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in the boats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped belowdecks, sought help in vain.From the first distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, here is the legendary disaster relived by the few who survived and can never forget the many who did not.« less
This is arguably the definitive book on the sinking of the Titanic. It really was wonderful, but I wish it had been longer with even more information. However, you really do get a good sense of how this tragedy happened, how quickly it happened, and why the rescue response to this sinking giant was too little and too late. If you are at all interested in the Titanic, this is a must-read, since it is pretty much the backbone of Titanic histories.