A wide-ranging assessment of how and why the sinking of the Titanic has remained a perdurable part of the West's sociocultural heritage. In a brief introduction Heyer (Communications/Simon Fraser Univ., British Columbia) summarizes the known facts of the maritime tragedy that resulted in the loss of over 1,500 lives. After concluding that the great ship represented a form of technological hubris, the author turns his attention to wireless radiotelegraphy, a then advanced communications medium whose central role in the calamity made Guglielmo Marconi a household name in the UK and US. War reportage apart, Heyer characterizes the loss of the Titanic as one of the 20th century's biggest single-event news stories. Examining the print era's coverage on both sides of the Atlantic (which he ranks second only to JFK's assassination in volume), the author details how the New York Times emerged as the fourth estate's clear winner by dint of intelligent enterprise and unrivaled resources, including controversial ties to Marconi. Heyer then focuses on the many ways in which the fate of the Titanic has captured the imagination of filmmakers, folk singers, and writers. Cases in point range from Thomas Hardy through the oddly assorted likes of Clive Cussler, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Goebbels, Leadbelly, George Bernard Shaw, and Danielle Steel. The author touches on the intrepid aquanauts who in 1985 located the doomed craft's wreckage more than 13,000 feet below the North Atlantic's surface. In closing he draws parallels between the ill-starred steamship and Noah's Ark. Engrossing and original perspectives on a maritime misfortune that retains its fascination deep into the space age. (photos and maps, not seen)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-275-95352-1

Page Count: 200

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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