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Recommended Books and Video about the RMS Titanic
by Jim Sadur
Updated: 12/9/2005



I have received many requests for recommendations of books about the Titanic. There are quite literally hundreds of titles covering all aspects of the Titanic disaster. Most have been published in just the last 10 years. So I have decided to assemble a list of books and video that I feel are important to the study and knowledge of the RMS Titanic.

This list is not meant to be comprehensive or complete. To see a full list of Titanic titles I would suggest my bibliography of Titanic media. Instead this list represents a few titles that I feel are "must reads" for those interesting in learning about history's most famous shipwreck.

I have chosen only titles that are currently in print and have included direct links to AMAZON.COM to help users make purchases. Where possible, I have chosen editions that are the least expensive available. AMAZON provides an excellent service for the secure on-line purchase of discounted books and video.

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New Titles


A Night Remembered
by Stephanie Barczewski - Buy it at Amazon.com
A Night Remembered

Review coming soon.

Published 15 April 2004
Hardback, 22 illustrations, 416 pages
ISBN 1852854340

Of General Interest

A Night to Remember
by Walter Lord - Buy it at Amazon.com
A Night To Remember

The Night Lives On
by Walter Lord - Buy It Now

The Night Lives On

Titanic: An Illustrated History
by Donald Lynch & Ken Marschall (Illustrator),
Robert D. Ballard (Introduction)
- Buy It Now

Titanic: An Illustrated History
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

Starring: Bill Paxton & Dr. John Broadwater
Director: James Cameron 
  Buy the DVD
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
Ghosts of the Abyss:
A Journey Into The Heart of the Titanic

by Don Lynch & Ken Marschall  
  Buy It Now


A great documentary and its companion book give us an updated tour of the present day Titanic and a poignant  history of the tragedy.  

DVD Synopsis:
Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration # the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of the crew, right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D Theatres and specially outfitted 35mm 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 90 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel # more than any shipwreck # continues to intrigue and fascinate the public.

Book Synopsis (from Publishers Weekly)
The Titanic looks like, well, a wreck in this lavishly illustrated coffee-table companion to Titanic director Cameron's 3-D undersea documentary. Titanic historian Lynch and artist and Titanic buff Marschall recap the story of the ship's doomed maiden voyage, describe the technology and logistics of undersea film-making, and ponder the parallels between the Titanic tragedy and the 9/11 attacks, which occurred during filming ("both events were met with outrage and disbelief-and the tragedies would remain indelibly etched on the collective memory of the world"). But the book's raison d'etre are the photos, and here it runs up against the fact that, unlike architectural ruins, nautical ruins are not very picturesque. Cameron's sonar imaging, lighting rigs and robot cameras yield not much more than visually similar images of gloom and rot, rendered in the deep-sea palette of blue-green and rust washed out by the glare of submarine floodlights. The authors juxtapose archival images of the ship's Edwardian luxury decor and furnishings with photos of their waterlogged remains, and it is here-and in the viewer's imagination-that the pictures become haunting.

Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The Titanic: End of a dream
by Wyn Craig Wade - Buy It Now

The Titanic: End of a dream

The Discovery of the Titanic
by Robert D. Ballard, Rick Archbold (Contributor),
Ken Marschall (Illustrator)
- Buy It Now

The Discovery of the Titanic

Down With the Old Canoe :
A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster

by Steven Biel - Buy It Now

Down With the Old Canoe

For Children

Exploring the Titanic
by Robert D. Ballard - Buy It Now

Exploring the Titanic

SOS Titanic
by Eve Bunting - Buy It Now

SOS Titanic

882 1/2 Amazing Answers to
Your Questions About the Titanic

by Hugh Brewster, Laurie Coulter, Ken Marschall (Illustrator) - Buy It Now

882 1/2 Amazing Answers

Other Interesting Titles

Futility: Or The Wreck of the Titan
by Morgan Robertson, Lee Reeve (Preface) - Buy It Now

Exploring the Titanic

Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors
by Jack Winocour (Editor) - Buy It Now

Exploring the Titanic

The Complete Titanic :
From the Ship's Earliest Blueprints to the Epic Film

by Stephen J. Spignesi - Buy It Now

The Complete Titanic



Titanic - The Complete Story
A&E Home Video
Buy VHSVHS Edition - Buy DVDDVD Edition

Titanic Documentary


Secrets of the Titanic
National Geographic
Buy VHSVHS Edition - Buy DVDDVD Edition

Titanic Documentary

Secrets of the Titanic tells the story of the events leading up to the sinking using footage and photographs from the doomed maiden voyage and then follows the luckier Dr. Ballard through the steps leading to his discovery in 1986. As usual for National Geographic, the photography is excellent, even within the cramped confines of the tiny Alvin. The DVD edition contains featurettes, extra maps and photographs as well as interactive quizzes about the Titanic.

Written and directed by Nicolas Noxon
Narrated by Martin Sheen
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
Run Time: 70 minutes

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