My Basic List of Intriguing Items
A Night to Remember (The one essential Titanic book)
Walter Lord / Mass Market Paperback / This edition published 1997, 20% discount
(The large Niagra print hardcover edition is about $30 compared to $5 for the paperback, and is not expected to be reprinted for another 3-5 weeks as of today (11/8/98). 1997 edition.)
The Classic - Lord's description of events based on direct survivor accounts - riveting
See Total Titanic, A Night to Remember (CD-ROM) below in VIDEO section
A Night to Remember [Abridged] - AUDIOCASSETTE
Walter Lord, with Charles Keating reading, Sept. 1998, 30% discount, ships in 2-3 days
Good for the car. This is about $12.
The Night Lives on : The Untold Stories & Secrets Behind the Sinking of the Unsinkable Ship-Titanic
I saw two other audiocassette versions using other readers, but they are about $46 to $56 and must be special-ordered. They appear to be NOT abridged however and have 1998 dates.
Walter Lord / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1998, 20% discount
Lord's updated look at this event, 10 years after the classic "A Night to Remember" involves new material and some reconsideration of events. A must-read, of course.
Titanic : An Illustrated History (Paintings by Ken Marschall)
If not in stock currently, try a good place for USED books, for less $
Donald Lynch, et al / Paperback / Published 1995
(The hardcover edition , June 1998 edition
The older printings are being remaindered at bookstores at huge discounts.
A large coffeetable-book version of the story of that night, filled with excellent illustrations and photographs. Very readable text is organized very well. Don Lynch was a consulting expert for Cameron's movie, as well as for the excellent 4-hour A&E video documentary. One of the must-have books.
Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors
Jack Winocour(Editor) / Paperback / Published 1960, 20% discount (Retail $8.95)
A must-buy treasure at a bargain price. This volume includes the books by survivors Archibald Gracie and Lawrence Beesley, as well as Titanic memoirs by Commander Lightoller, and the NY times interview with wireless operator Harold Bride.
Titanic : A Survivor's Story and the Sinking of the S.S. Titanic
Achibald Gracie, plus the account by Jack Thayer / Paperback/ 2nd edition, 2/18/98, 20% discount (Retail $14.95)
Also, the AudioCassette (Unabridged) version of Titanic, by Archibald Gracie ($28.95. It is not clear that this is based on the book that also carries Thayer's account, though Amazon puts user-reviews of the paperback version onto the page for the audiobook version too. Doesn't sound like to me. But for those who like to listen in their cars, it may be worth the hefty $27.95
The paperback, for sure, carries the Thayer account, which Winocour's doesn't, but Winocour carries Beesley's book, and also the smaller accounts mentioned in the book listed above this one.
The Titanic Disaster : As Reported in the British National Press April-July 1912
Dave Bryceson(Compiler) / Hardcover / Published 1997, 30% discount
A stunning day-to-day account using clippings from newspapers from 1912 - very rich material that includes the days before and the months after the disaster. A must-buy
The Titanic : End of a Dream
Wyn Craig Wade / Paperback / Published 1992, 20% discount
Excellent account of the emotion-filled aftermath with cooly intelligent analysis of events based on testimony of surviving passengers, officers, and crew. His sympathetic description of Senator Smith's strengths and ultimate effectiveness differs from conventional wisdom of that time and, alone, is a fascinating story. It amazes me no movie has been made of the American Inquiry with its rich accounts and confrontations, not to mention its colorful and aggressively inquisitive and justice-seeking (detractors said 'publicity-seeking') senator. The author was one of a panel of experts in the excellent 4-hour A&E documentary.
Titanic : Safety, Speed and Sacrifice
George Behe / Paperback / Published 1997, Amazon price $12.50, no discount
A fascinating look at possible truths withheld in rumored arrangements between White Star and its surviving crew in connection with the unsafe navigation that fateful night. Methodically researched and analyzed, references cited for every item reported. A must-read for anyone interested in the mystery of that event. While a small volume and more a booklet, it's rich in detail, with citations and references, for statements and testimony from that time that we're not likely to find in the usual Titanic book. An Original.
Titanic Voices : Memories from the Fateful Voyage
The author was one of a panel of experts in the excellent 4-hour A&E documentary.
Donald Hyslop(Editor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1997, 30% discount
A beautiful book of letters, articles by Titanic passengers, crew, and officers, from Southampton, including new material from the less-heard lower-class passengers and crew
The Titanic Disaster Hearings : The Official Transcripts of the 1912 Senate Investigation
Tom Kuntz, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce (Editor) / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1998, 20% discount (price, $6.39)
For those who can't afford the $99 unedited print-version, Kuntz of the NY Times provides this edited version of fascinating survivor testimony, which comes with a very useful index. (Also see audiocassette version below.)
The Cameron/Lynch 3-CD set, released Oct 98, includes full-searchable-text of the American Inquiry, for a retail price of $35, with much lower street-prices. ($17 in one case -- see newer offerings in top section)
The Titanic Disaster Hearings : The Official Transcripts of the 1912 Senate Investigation - AUDIOCASSETTE (abridged)
May 23, 1999 Note: I've added a link to the excellent
Titanic Inquiry Project put together and placed online by the estimable forces of the alt.history.ocean-liners.titanic newsgroup, coordinated by Rob Ottmers. These include complete transcriptions of the American Inquiry (and soon, the British one as well), with links to online websites for biographies and other detail.
Also be sure to read the credits for all involved, at both the "About" and the "Thanks" sites. There is no cost to access this work, and the text files are downloadable. Kudos to all involved.
Dove Books Audio - United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Tom Kuntz (Introduction), Ackroyd, Mona Golabek (Performer) , June 1998
Good for the car. Though even more edited than Kuntz's edition, there should still be plenty of gripping and enlightening testimony for anyone stranded on today's freeways
Report on the Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Great Britain. Parliament / Hardcover / Published 1998, 30% discount (price, $13.97)
This is the March '98 reprinting of the 92-page summary of the hearings on the causes for the collision and sinking.
The Last Days of the Titanic : Photographs and Mementos of the Tragic Maiden Voyage
*This is included on the Cameron/Lynch 3-CD set, released Oct 98 and priced at $35, retail, with much lower street-prices.*
Edward Eugene O'Donnell, et al / Hardcover / Published 1997, 30% discount
Beautiful black & white photographs taken before Father O'Donnell left the ship
The Discovery of the Titanic
Robert D. Ballard, Rick Archbold / Paperback / Published 1995, 20% discount.
(The hardcover edition, 1998 is sold at a 30% discount but is double the price.)
Robert Ballard describes his discovery of the Titanic. Includes rare archival photos and charts, Color inserts - Paperback version revised in '95. Hardback in '98. Very dramatic.
Unsinkable : The Full Story of Rms Titanic
Daniel Allen Butler / Hardcover / Published 1998, 30% discount
An up-to-date, well-written re-telling of events first described in Lord's classic, with a few new details and an eloquent summary. Includes sections on the building of the ship and emphasizes the context of the times. A jacket blurb from Walter Lord calls this "Masterful" and that's a pretty good recommendation. Available these days at remaindered pricing in larger cities.
Titanic at Two A.M.
Paul J. Quinn / Hardcover / Published 1997, 30% discount
Vivid recreation of the last 20 minutes of the Titanic's life. While not new material, it organizes the information, which includes supporting illustrations, to show the probable sequence of events which have often been isolated in our minds, from previous reads. Better proof-reading would have helped, but the chronological approach is gripping.
Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy
Charles A. Haas(Contributor), John P. Eaton / Hardcover / Published 1995, 30% discount
A large book that attempts to cover a lot, though I've seen more detail in other books, but its best feature is a big collection of photographs of passengers and crew of Titanic. I'd prefer somewhat larger pictures than the many smaller ones crowded together on some pages, but the book is already pretty heavy. Worth it just for the pictures. What a collection.
The Sinking of the Titanic : Eyewitness accounts
Bruce M. Caplan(Editor), Logan Marshall / Paperback / Published 1998, usually 20% discount
A recent, edited, edition of the 1912 book written close to the event. and sold house to house in 1912. Colorful and a basic source though the stories are sensationalized as was the custom then, even more than now, and while it should be read for insight into what people were saying in the days immediately following the disaster, there was not enough time to check the reliability of all the information just a month after the incident. Still, a fascinating read with cautions that apply to any media account close to an event.
Titanic Survivor : The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop Who Survived Both the Titanic and Britannic Disasters
Violet Jessop, John Maxtone-Graham / Hardcover / Published 1997, 30% discount
Violet Jessop's memoirs are not about the Titanic itself, but her very articulate descriptions of life as a stewardess on the oceanliners of that day are written with a wry sense of humor. Only 3 pages are devoted to her Titanic experience, but this amazing gal also managed to find herself, after the 1912 disaster, on the Britannic when it sank during the war. Born in Argentina, of Irish parents, she went to sea at the age of 21. Interesting memories of a worker on the great ships.
Psalm at Journey's End (Harvest Book)
Erik Fosnes Hansen, et al / Paperback / Reprinted Sept 1997, 20% discount (price, $10.40)
The hardcover edition, published Aug 1996 is discounted 30% (price, $16.80).
This novel which focuses on the probable experiences of musicians on the Titanic revolves around the lives of fictional band members. The book gets high ratings, by book reviewers and by regulars on the Titanic newsgroup, for its look into what a ship musican's life was like. Kirkus Associates says, "A shimmering, magical evocation of a Europe as yet untouched by world wars, and a deft, convincing combination of personal and public tragedy. First-rate storytelling." Good cover illustration on the paperback edition, but odd one on the hardcover version.
Titanic : The Official Story : April 14-15, 1912
Random House Hardcover / Published 1997, 30% discount (price, $17.50)
"Film Editor" recommends this box (as do newsgroup members), describing it as "a set of facsimiles of papers related to the disaster . . . deck plans to the ship, a passenger's account of his escape, a certificate written a month before the disaster stating that there were only enough lifeboats to save a third of the passengers, the Titanic's final telegram, and commentary and editorials written shortly after the ship's sinking..."
Down With the Old Canoe : A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster
Steven Biel / Paperback / Reprinted 1997, 20% discount (price $10.50).
The hardcover edition, Sep 1996, is discounted 30% (price, $17.50)
I don't have the book but others recommend it for a scholarly, if dry but humorous, look at the social impact of the Titanic disaster. I've seen Biel in interviews and he's eager to remain a bit apart of what he considers a cultish interest by many.
The orange links are to the alternative Reel film/video areas; Reel specializes in videos rather than books.
Titanic - Collector's Boxed Set - A&E Home Video (VHS set) $17.99 now.
I've bought several other documentaries but haven't had time to sort out one from the other. The first two above certainly stand out though. Will get to the others later. Note that Reel. Com has some network connection problems at night. Good site, however.
The DVD: Titanic - A&E Documentary ($36 at Amazon) is $26 at this site.
A 4-volume set, 192 minutes - the video documentary to have - extensive footage from that time and interviews with survivors. The narrative, enhanced by beautifully used photographs from that time and interwoven with commentary by Titanic experts, is probably the most powerful documentary I've seen on this subject.
DVD: Titanica - in IMAX format
"Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and shot by IMAX on 70mm film, Titanica reveals the clearest motion pictures ever captured of the Titanic...startling images of the long-lost ruin contrasted with never-before-seen 1912 archival photos..." (1992 IMAX version)
Titanic:Tragedy at Sea/2 Vols.
MADACY Entertainment (Canada) /Documentary/VHS Tape / Published 1998, discount price $9.99
In addition to the $9.99 set of 2 described below, BigStar offers an additional two videos ("Captain of the Titanic" and "Titanic: End of an Era") - 4 videos total, in the same VHS box, which is titled The Titanic Collection" (VHS, $19.99) and ships in 2 days. See the more heftily-priced 5-film VHS and DVD boxes too at this page.
The basic 2-volume set, 110 minutes, is a bit of a treasure for this bargain price. It has a dryer approach than the A&E special but is very informative and includes older survivors not seen in later documentaries.
"Total Titanic, A Night to Remember "CD-ROM
with Lynch and Marschall commenting on every scene from the movie as you watch
The 4-volume-version -- two other videos apparently made by the same company --is probably worth it.
The 2-volume set includes long, unedited footage from the Carpathia, the stewards "acting up" in shots similar to those in film found recently, shots of various areas of the Olympic used "as" Titanic for newsreel shots, newspaper frontpages of the day.
Also, a young Walter Lloyd in some sequences (and the current Lord talking about his happiness over the movie ANTR), some stills from Dorothy Gibson's quick Titanic movie right after the disaster, interesting extended shots from a German movie, shown in both German and English versions, even excellent recent shots of the wreck
The 2nd video from the set shows visits to Southampton's Maritime Museum, to Hartley's home town where the 'Titanic Ensemble' plays commemorative music from 1912, and to the White Swan Hotel in Northumberland where the video shows, in detail, the complete First Class Lounge and staircase from the sister ship 'Olympic.'
Byron Preiss Multimedia / CD-ROM / Published June 1998 by Simon & Schuster Interactive, no discount from Amazon, but quick delivery at a rather expensive $39.95
People say the CD-ROM is fun. I have only the laserdisc version myself. Lynch and Marschall discuss each scene as it occurs. You can watch the movie as is, or with only video as the guys talk about each scene and point certain things out, or you can watch and hear the movie while they are also talking in the background. Rewinding is of course easy. The disc comes with a searchable database and timeline.
Titanic Chronicles (VHS only)
Documentary about the 1912 Senate Investigation into the accident. Ken Burns-style photos with readings from the hearings. $26.99
Readers: Bruce Ismay: Eric Braden, Office Lightoller: Tim Curry, Mrs. Helen Bishop: Gloria Stuart, Mrs. Stuart White: Marilu Henner, Captain S. Lord: Bernard Hill. Also, Emmett James, Cloris Leachman, David Garrison.
Review by Flick Filosopher
COMBO: Titanic Chronicles DVD that includes "Disaster in the Atlantic" - the remastered 1929 Titanic Film is $13.49 in VHS, and $16.99 in DVD.
Titanic Tragedy : The complete Documentary
Behaviordyne; ISBN: 1571196935, Published Jan. 1998, 15% discount, price $5.99
I have no idea what this is like. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who's bought and viewed it. Am intrigued by the price