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Titanic : an illustrated history (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Donald Lynch, Ken Marschall

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Title:Titanic : an illustrated history
Authors:Donald Lynch
Other authors:Ken Marschall
Info:Toronto : Penguin Books Canada, c1992.
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:History, Ships, Shipwreck, Titanic

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Titanic: An Illustrated History by Donald Lynch (1992)

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After finishing Voyagers on the Titanic, I picked up this book, which I bought back in 1992 and have barely touched since. I needed photos to visualize the story I’d just read. Titanic: an Illustrated History provided them, and in spades. The narrative is but a small part of the book, and I read it within about an hour.

But it was the paintings by Ken Marshall that were truly amazing, even better than the most detailed photos would have been. His foldout cutaway illustration of the Titanic revealed the relationship between various parts of the ship and made it clear why so many third-class passengers died. The various photos, many from the Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic, helped complete Titanic’s story.

A single diagram of the “Lost and Saved,” categorized by gender and class, vividly shows how those two variables mattered in who survived and who didn’t. It’s a sobering picture. ( )
2 vote NewsieQ | Mar 19, 2012 |
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On a still, summer evening in 1907, a large Mercedes limousine pulled to a stop before an impressive white, porticoed residence in London's fashionable Belgravia district.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 078688147X, Paperback)

The tragedy of the Titanic has been captured in fiction, nonfiction, music, poetry, cartoons, official judicial inquiry, survivors' recollections, still photography, TV shows, and film; all of the above are covered to some extent in this good and popular book. But few Titanic books match the paintings by Ken Marschall, a specialist on the subject whose work can be found in other books by the ship's discoverer, Robert Ballard, who wrote the introduction here. The photos are notable--including shots of the red-paint-stained iceberg that may have caused the sinking, the pristine ship, the sunken wreck, the people involved in the case--but Marschall's dozens of large-scale paintings really do help to dramatize and explicate moments no camera glimpsed and few eyewitnesses agree upon.

There is much to recommend the text, too. You could make a movie just about Second Officer Charles Lightoller, who helped accelerate the lifeboat-launching process, saving lives; stepped off the ship's bridge into the Atlantic; was sucked down into a ventilator taking in water, vainly swimming against its suction; and then got expelled by a blast of air, like a human cannonball in a circus, and landed next to a lifeboat that had been knocked 20 feet clear of the sinking ship's deadly whirlpool by a huge ship's funnel that crashed into the waves nearby. Lightoller was marvelously clever in his courtroom interrogation by an attorney determined to maneuver him into admitting blame for the disaster.

There is much more history in between the dramatic illustrations, facts both grand and trivial--if you're bent on knowing what actually happened to the dogs aboard, the answer is in this book. Definitely one of the better titles dealing with Titanic. --Tim Appelo

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:40 -0400)

An illustrated guide to the Titanic, including the crew, passengers and the ship itself. Contains one set of fold-out pages.

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