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Titanic on Trial - cover

Titanic on Trial

Nic Compton

Publisher: Adlard Coles

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Summary

On 15 April 2012, it will be 100 years since the Titanic 
sank. Since that fateful night, stories about the sinking have become 
legendary - how the band played to 
the end, how lifeboats were lowered half-empty - but amongst the films, 
novels and academic arguments, only those who were there can 
separate truth from fiction. 
 
 
 
After the sinking, inquiries into the loss of 1,517 lives (out of 
2,223 aboard) were held in both the UK and US. The proceedings produced 
1,000 pages of transcripts. Some of the testimonies were inevitably less than impartial, but as a whole the 
transcripts represent the most thorough and complete account of the 
sinking, told in the voices of those who were there. 
 
 
 
For the first time these transcripts have been specially edited and arranged chronologically, so that they tell the story of 
the Titanic's sinking as a narrative, rather than a list of 
questions and answers in a courtroom. The 
witnesses are transformed into characters in a much bigger 
story, and the events are described from different perspectives of people in 
every part of the ship, from a stoker in the boiler room escaping his 
section before the watertight doors sealed behind him, to first class 
passengers trying to buy their way onto lifeboats. 
 
 
 
Capturing the disbelief, the chaos and the terror of the disaster, this 
unique book brings to life the tragedy through the voices of those who 
survived it.

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