The Death and Life of a Legend
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 Sifting through historical documents and survivors' accounts, Davie details the nineteenth-century origins of the White Star Line, narrates the story of the "unsinkable" ship's deadly voyage, and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.
“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