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Iceberg, Right Ahead!
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Iceberg, Right Ahead!
The Tragedy of the Titanic
Series: Single Titles
Creators: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint: Twenty-First Century Books
Pub. date: 07/15/2011
Lib. SRP: 33.32 USD
Ret. SRP: 24.95 USD
Format: Adobe PDF eBook
ISBN: 9780761380481
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 10763 KB
Grade Range: Grade 6 - Grade 9
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   History, Young Adult Nonfiction
Awards:
  Notable Children's Books (Association for Library Service to Children)
Short Description:
   

"Iceberg, Right Ahead!" Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century.

Seventy-three years separate the two major Titanic events—the 1912 sinking of the vessel and the dramatic 1985 discovery of the wreck by Robert Ballard. But additional stories about the victims, survivors, rescuers, reporters, investigators, and many others show the far-reaching effects this tragedy had on society. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has collected numerous personal accounts of the event, including the knighted man who spent the rest of his life in seclusion because he was accused of dishonorable behavior in a lifeboat, the stewardess who survived two shipwrecks and a...

Full Description:
   

"Iceberg, Right Ahead!" Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century.

Seventy-three years separate the two major Titanic events—the 1912 sinking of the vessel and the dramatic 1985 discovery of the wreck by Robert Ballard. But additional stories about the victims, survivors, rescuers, reporters, investigators, and many others show the far-reaching effects this tragedy had on society. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has collected numerous personal accounts of the event, including the knighted man who spent the rest of his life in seclusion because he was accused of dishonorable behavior in a lifeboat, the stewardess who survived two shipwrecks and a mid-ocean collision, and the New York Times executive who sent multiple reporters to meet the rescue ship, thus earning a national reputation for his newspaper. She also links the Titanic tragedy to changes in regulations worldwide. After a Senate Inquiry and a British trial attempted to assign blame for the disaster, new laws on ship safety were put in place. A group of nations also banded together to form an ice patrol, eventually leading to the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century.

Reviews:
  School Library Journal
     

November 1, 2011

Gr 4-8-With innumerable books, movies, documentaries, novels, and biographies all telling versions of the Titanic story, it would seem that there is little more to learn, yet by providing more details and some of the most up-to-date research, McPherson's compelling, thoughtful narrative proves otherwise. Organized chronologically, the volume begins with the inspiration for the construction of the Titanic, giving a brief overview of transatlantic travel at the time, thereby setting the stage for the tragic events to follow. Weaving together quotes from interviews, newspaper accounts, and other primary-source material, the author lays out what happened on April 14, 1912, taking readers all over the ship, from first class to steerage, from the depths of the boiler rooms to the heights of the crow's nest lookout. She doesn't shy away from areas of controversy, using research to show where mistakes were made or misinformation was given. The layout includes plenty of period photographs, diagrams, artwork, and sidebars with interesting tangential tidbits, making for a thorough resource. McPherson closes with the Titanic's legacy in maritime safety regulations, the salvaging laws of shipwrecks, and, of course, the timeless story of heroism and tragic loss. A comprehensive, well-written, thoroughly researched title.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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