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  1. On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic
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  2. On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic

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On A Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic was nominated for the 2012 Mountbatten Award by the Maritime Foundation of Britain, and remains one of the most noteworthy books ever released on the history of the legendary Titanic.

In the early morning hours of Monday, April 15, 1912, the brand-new, supposedly unsinkable Titanic sank on her maiden voyage after ramming an iceberg. Of the 2,208 people on board, only 712 were saved. The remaining 1,496 either drowned or froze to death in the icy-cold waters of the North Atlantic. The disaster became the most infamous tragedy in maritime history. Yet a century after the liner's sinking, the history of the Titanic is still shrouded in misinformation and mystery.

The authors bring the tragedy to life through a thrilling narrative. They follow the ship's life from design and construction through to the maiden voyage, using rarely-seen accounts of the sinking from passengers of all classes and crew alike. They tell the dramatic stories of lives lost and people saved, of the rescue ship Carpathia and of the aftermath of the sinking. The narrative is supported through scholarly research, and hundreds of end notes cite original source material. Numerous appendices focus on some of the most controversial aspects of the disaster and presents rarely-considered evidence on the subjects. The book also features an introduction by George Behe, a former Vice-President of the Titanic Historical Society.

Profusely illustrated with over 300 images (50 in colour), including many rare and unique views of the ship, this is as accurate and gripping a telling of the story of the White Star Line's Titanic and her sinking as you will read anywhere.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Over a hundred years have passed since the golden era of Edwardian superliners and we still stand in awe at the craftsmanship of these grand marvels just as those curious before us. They were said to be "practically unsinkable" and you know the ships' names as they were the elite of the Oceans and Seas that drew crowds of wanderers with their advertised newness and grandness to conquer the waves in style and become a story to tell within society circles. Entrancing then and now, we seem to never get enough of the prospect to explore these amazing innovations. Today however we quietly reflect as each unfortunate centennial arrives of these majestic ships that now peacefully rest at the bottom of the oceans and question what went so horribly wrong with these once wonders of the seas? While the names of Olympic, Mauretania, Britannic and Lusitania are a few names mentioned of these scrapped and lost liners, On a Sea of Glass is the Titanic's story and explores the multiple... Read more
The authors are genuine experts and they bring formidable knowledge to their comprehensive account of the Titanic. I am delighted to have it, though my technical knowledge isn't so advanced as to allow me to appreciate fully the wealth of new material and fresh thinking they offer. In some ways, this volume strikes me as an attempt to cross the technical analysis one can find in the _Report on the Loss of the SS Titanic_ (forbiddingly and wonderfully dense) with the more-or-less familiar narrative of the building of the ship and the maiden voyage. I haven't read all of it yet, but it has lived up to its claim to offer a new perspective. The research the authors have done is remarkable, and it enables them to offer a series of alternatives to the usual narratives. Particularly enlightening are the appendices that work through especially controversial issues about the ship and its sinking. There's a quite fascinating discussion of the break-up of the ship that draws on neglected... Read more
The amount of research and detail that has gone into this writing makes this Kindle version of the book really spectacular. I am only one quarter of the way through the book and I am totally hooked on the story. I'm reading almost all the footnotes too. I love that you can zip back and forth. Even though I know what is to come, I can't put the book down. My critique, disappointed that many of the pictures appear to be missing, then appear as you move back and forth...using the footnotes, or just straight reading. In addition, some of the web links no longer work, the materials have moved. As another reviewer noted, pics are tiny, not small, still a great read.
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