Walter Lord remained devoted to the story of the Titanic after writing his groundbreaking account of the disaster A Night to Remember in 1955. When the wreckage was discovered in 1985, Lord couldn?t resist another rumination on the great ship?s lasting legacy. In The Night Lives On, Lord delves deeper into mysteries and myths that have accumulated over the decades. He sheds light on the rumor that a crewman shot into a crowd of passengers swarming around the last of the lifeboats. He ponders the pride and arrogance of the Edwardian age that is so frustrating to modern minds in the light of all the ?what ifs? that could have changed the course of Titanic?s history. He pours over the records for eyewitness accounts of the ship splitting in two and the band playing ?til the end. He contrasts the reactions of the ships Carpathia and Californian?the former rushed to Titanic?s aid but was over fifty miles away; the later passively puzzled over strange lights and rockets in the night from a distance of just fifteen miles or so. As it asks new questions, rights wrongs, and sets the record straight, The Night Lives On is another detailed, engrossing account of all things Titanic.
This is a wonderful book. For those who have read "A Night to Remember", which reads like a novel (only much better than most of the novels you have ever read) this is a quite different kind of book, really a set of self-contained essays on the Titanic, resembling a narrative only in the sense that they follow roughly in chronological order. But it answers a lot of the questions anyone familiar with the sad story of the Titanic must have asked themselves.
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