TITANIC: The Death and Life of a Legend by Michael Davie

TITANIC: The Death and Life of a Legend

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A British reporter takes yet another look at the iceberg-doomed liner. The Titanic is one of those subjects that seems to obsess a small number of people to an infinite degree. For these writers and their readers, there can never be too many or too detailed analyses. However, after reading Walter Lord's A Night to Remember and its sequel, most readers will have felt satiated with the subject. Davie strenuously mentions repeatedly in his narrative how fascinating the Titanic was, yet there is not much substance here that convinces the reader that it all amounts to more than a shipwreck. There are fresh looks at the investigations, including close-up research on personalities who are of interest only because they either died on or survived the wreck. Davie's book has the virtue of being up-to-date, including information about the Franco-American team that finally succeeded in locating the sunken boat in 1985. There are also 16 pages of photos, which, if familiar, do help in evoking a time and place. Those who are already sold on the mystery and wonder of the Titanic will want this supplementary study. Others might be content with Lord's book.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1987
Publisher: Knopf