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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Niagra Large Print
Publication date July 1, 1997
Binding Hardcover
Edition Large print
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780708958742
ISBN-10 0708958745
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $29.50
Other format details large print
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Presents a minute-by-minute account of the collision between the Titanic and an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean, and the luxury ship's subsequent sinking
Amazon.com description: Amazon.com Review: James Cameron's 1997 Titanic movie is a smash hit, but Walter Lord's 1955 classic remains in some ways unsurpassed. Lord interviewed scores of Titanic passengers, fashioning a gripping you-are-there account of the ship's sinking that you can read in half the time it takes to see the film. The book boasts many perfect movie moments not found in Cameron's film. When the ship hits the berg, passengers see "tiny splinters of ice in the air, fine as dust, that give off myriads of bright colors whenever caught in the glow of the deck lights." Survivors saw dawn reflected off other icebergs in a rainbow of shades, depending on their angle toward the sun: pink, mauve, white, deep blue--a landscape so eerie, a little boy tells his mom, "Oh, Muddie, look at the beautiful North Pole with no Santa Claus on it."

A Titanic funnel falls, almost hitting a lifeboat--and consequently washing it 30 yards away from the wreck, saving all lives aboard. One man calmly rides the vertical boat down as it sinks, steps into the sea, and doesn't even get his head wet while waiting to be successfully rescued. On one side of the boat, almost no males are permitted in the lifeboats; on the other, even a male Pekingese dog gets a seat. Lord includes a crucial, tragically ironic drama Cameron couldn't fit into the film: the failure of the nearby ship Californian to save all those aboard the sinking vessel because distress lights were misread as random flickering and the telegraph was an early wind-up model that no one wound.

Lord's account is also smarter about the horrifying class structure of the disaster, which Cameron reduces to hollow Hollywood formula. No children died in the First and Second Class decks; 53 out of 76 children in steerage died. According to the press, which regarded the lower-class passengers as a small loss to society, "The night was a magnificent confirmation of women and children first, yet somehow the loss rate was higher for Third Class children than First Class men." As the ship sank, writes Lord, "the poop deck, normally Third Class space ... was suddenly becoming attractive to all kinds of people." Lord's logic is as cold as the Atlantic, and his bitter wit is quite dry.

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Niagra Large Print (July 1, 1997); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780708958742 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $29.50
About: Presents a minute-by-minute account of the collision between the Titanic and an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean, and the luxury ship's subsequent sinking
Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (June 1, 1991); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780805017335 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Contemporary photographs and press clippings illustrate this chronicle of each event during the night of April 14, 1912 when the Titanic went down in the North Atlantic
from Buccaneer Books (June 1, 1991)
9780899667942 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $25.95
Reprint edition from Amereon Ltd (June 1, 1987); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780848800659 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $26.95
About: Contemporary photographs and press clippings illustrate this chronicle of each event during the night of April 14, 1912 when the Titanic went down in the North Atlantic
Large print edition from Ulverscroft Large Print Books (June 1, 1976); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780854564446 | details & prices | List price $12.00
About: The full story of a nine-hour drama that took place on the "TITANIC" in the freezing North Atlantic in 1912.
Paperback
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2 reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (December 1, 2004); titled "A Night To Remember"
9780805077643 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.99
About: Recounts the demise of the 'unsinkable' Titanic, the massive luxury liner that housed extravagances such as a French 'sidewalk cafe' and a grand staircase, but failed to provide enough lifeboats for the 2,207 passengers on board.
Reissue edition from Bantam Books (September 1, 1991); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780553278279 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $6.99
About: Presents a minute-by-minute account of the collision between the Titanic and an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean, and the luxury ship's subsequent sinking
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Fred Williams (other contributor) | from Blackstone Audio Inc (February 1, 1999); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780786113866 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Towards midnight on a clear but moonless night, the Titanic struck an iceberg and was lost.
With Martin Jarvis (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Sterling Audio Books (August 1, 1998); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780754001850 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $54.95
from Blackstone Audio Inc (March 1, 1998); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780786112890 | details & prices | 9.25 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $32.95
About: She was four city blocks long, boasting the latest, most ingenious safety devices of the age, a French sidewalk cafe, a grand staircase worthy of an opera house, private promenade decks--but only 20 lifeboats for the 2,207 passengers on board.
from Audio Partners (July 1, 1997); titled "A Night to Remember"
9781572700475 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $17.95
Library
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With Audrey Harte | Large print edition from Franklin Watts (June 1, 1968)
9780531002520 | details & prices | List price $8.95
This edition also contains Say Anything
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (September 1, 1991); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780606011372 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $15.64
About: A minute-by-minute account of the maiden voyage of the Titanic, her last hours afloat, and the tragedy and heroism surrounding her sinking
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (May 29, 2008); titled "A Night to Remember"
9781435291317 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $23.00
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999); titled "A Night to Remember"
9780808510468 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.50
About: Presents a minute-by-minute account of the collision between the Titanic and an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean, and the luxury ship's subsequent sinking

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