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Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic

Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic

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By (author) Daniel Allen Butler

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0306820986
  • ISBN 13: 9780306820984
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised
  • Illustrations note: 8 pages of photos
  • Sales rank: 407,336

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Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later, she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, having taken with her more than 1,500 of the roughly 2,200 people on board. Even now, a century later, no other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends. "Unsinkable" provides a fresh look at the Titanic's incredible story. Following the great ship from her conception to her fateful collision to the ambitious attempts to salvage her right up to the present day, Daniel Allen Butler draws on thirty years of research to explore the tragedy and its aftermath in remarkable depth and detail. The result is a must-read for anyone interested in the Titanic.

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Daniel Allen Butler, a military historian and internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects, is the author of The Lusitania and The Warrior Queens

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By Tarissa 05 Oct 2014 5

"Unsinkable" is a fulfilling read on the subject of the RMS Titanic. It is packed with much history, and tells it in an interesting and desirable way. I learned many new things about the ship itself and the people who became a part of the grand ship immortally, before, during, and after the awful wreck.

"It is a story of heroism, self-sacrifice, and noblesse-oblige, nobility, and prejudice; class and egalitarianism. No writer of fiction, no matter how gifted, would dare present the story of the Titanic as a product of the imagination: it would be too unbelievable. Even as fact it often stretches the bounds of credibility---yet it is all true." (Page IX, Unsinkable)

(As a side-note, I absolutely loved Butler's use of adding a Bible scripture pertaining the subject at the start of every chapter.)

Aside from Walter Lord's books, this is the next book in line that I have found which contains all the information you need to know on the Titanic. Definitely a preferred favorite.

"The story of the Titanic began long before her sailing day, her launching, her building.... She was, during her brief life, the culmination of technology, social, and economic trends that had begun more than a half century before her creation." (Page 221, Unsinkable)

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Tucson Citizen, 2/28/12 "Provides even more depth to a story we think we already know." Hudson Valley News, 3/21/12 "This author's description of the boarding of the lifeboats is detailed and fascinating." InfoDad.com, 3/29/12 "[Butler's] focus on detail provides fascinating bits of information...His combination of intimate detail, accurate narration and effective personalization of the tragedy remains as compelling today as at the time of the book's original release." "The Bookworm Sez" (nationally syndicated column), 4/1"Nicely updated" Politics & Patriotism (blog), 4/9 "Written in a calm respectful narrative style that's easy to read." Acadiana LifeStyle, April 2012 "Even if you thought you knew all there is to know about this tragedy, you will be surprised at recently discovered facts revealed in the new postscript and foreword updated by the author." WomanAroundTown.com, 4/12/12"Butler has included not only the latest theories and findings, but also an examination of why we still care so much today. Butler is a military historian and a renowned authority on maritime affairs; no one less knowledgeable could shed new light on a story we all thought we knew." Midwest Book Review, June 2012"Any collection interested in the Titanic's history will relish this revision." Curled Up with a Good Book"Unsinkable is a must-read for fans of the Titanic and buffs of plain old history. Butler's attention to detail and obvious research provides a brief glimpse into a bygone era. Titanic is ultimately a cautionary tale of the hubris of man, and Unsinkable an entertaining read." Portland Book Review, 11/3/12"Butler details everything you would ever want to know about the ship, and the book is just fascinating...Unsinkable is full of interesting information and is a good read in general. Get yourself a copy!" Lone Star Book Review, January 2013 "Unsinkable is a well written story by an internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects. Daniel Allen butler provides more depth to a story many think they already know and this book has been updated to include the latest findings and theories on the ship's sinking. Unsinkable will make an excellent addition to your Titanic book collection."