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The Death and Life of a Legend

By Michael Davie

Vintage, Paperback, 9780307948397, 384pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012


In this gripping, deeply researched exploration of the Titanic's tragic sinking, journalist Michael Davie investigates the events, controversies, and legends that have surrounded the disaster. Sifting through historical documents and survivors' accounts, Davie details the nineteenth-century origins of the White Star Line, narrates the story of the "unsinkable" ship's deadly voyage, and describes the dramatic discovery of the Titanic's wreckage in 1985. Davie offers insightful portraits of the protagonists and dramatizes the confusing and terrifying hours that passed from the moment the ship hit the iceberg until its survivors were picked up by the USS Carpathia a full day later.

Newly updated on the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy by Titanic expert Dave Gittins to reflect the latest facts and theories about the ship's sinking, Titanic: The Death and Life of a Legend will fascinate Titanic experts, amateurs, and newcomers alike.

About the Author
Michael Davie was a leading British journalist. He was a reporter, columnist, and editor for the London "Observer "and the Melbourne (Australia) "Age," and wrote books on topics as varied as Lyndon B. Johnson, California, and cricket. He died in 2005.

Dave Gittins lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of "Titanic: Monument and Warning" and co-author of "Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal. ""

Praise For Titanic

“An absorbing, crisp chronicle of the Titanic, from its conception through the discovery and exploration of the wreckage on the sea floor.” 
Los Angeles Times