Thursday, April 12, 2012

Iceberg straight ahead! Suggested readings

100 years ago this week, the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic.  To mark that anniversary, here’s a listing of some of the Titanic books available in Andruss Library:

“Exploring the Titanic” by Robert D. Ballard  Juvenile Collection 363. 123091631 B189e
 Children’s book, which describes the Titanic’s first and last voyage as well as the discovery and exploration of the ship on the ocean’s floor. 

“Last Dinner on the Titanic”  by Jay Stevenson General Collection TX652 .A737 1997
Describes the dining and food served on the ship, along with tips on recreating a Titanic meal.

“Last Log of the Titanic” by David G. Brown Ebook read online (must be on campus or have BU ID to log in)
Provides excerpts of the ship’s log book, with discussion

 “Maiden Voyage” by Geoffrey Marcus  General Collection G530. T6 M 28 1969b
An early examination of the reasons why the Titanic sunk.  While some of the ideas in the book have since proven untrue, it is a good example of how new discoveries advance historical research.

“A Night to Remember” by Walter Lord  General Collection G530. T6 L6
 Popular recounting of the sinking of the Titanic.  Widely popular when it was first published in 1955 and continues to be regarded as a standard book about the Titanic.

“On Board the Titanic: What it was Like When the Great Liner Sank” by Shelley Tanaka  Juvenile Collection 910.91634 T161o
Part of the “I Was There” series, this children’s book shows what it might have been like to be on board the Titanic when it sank. 

“Titanic: An Anatomy of a Blockbuster” ed. By Kevin S. Sandler and Gaylyn Studlar 
General Collection PN1997. T54 T58 1999
A bit off topic, this book is the first critical look at the widely popular James Cameron movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

“Titanic: An Illustrated History” by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall  General Collection OVERSIZE G530. T6 L96 1992
Gorgeous, oversized book with lots of illustrations and images. 

“The Titanic: An Interactive History Adventure”  by Bob Temple   Juvenile Collection 910.91634 T384t
A “Choose Your Own Adventure”-type children’s book, which lets readers explore the sinking from the viewpoints of a first-class passenger, second-class passenger, or a crewmember. 

“Titanic and the Californian” by Peter Padfield   General Collection  G530. T6 P3 1966
Examines why the ship the Californian, which was nearby to the Titanic, did not come to its rescue.

“’Titanic’ Disaster: Hearings Before a Subcommittee”
  Government Documents Collection  Y 4.C 73/2:T 6
Text of the Congressional hearings held in the US Congress concerning the sinking of the Titanic

For help with finding these, or any other books in our library, visit the Research Center on the first floor or contact one of our Research Librarians.  

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