"The 'unsinkable' Titanic was a dream come true. Four city blocks long and a passenger list that included the wealthy and the immigrants. Her maiden voyage in April 1912 became a nightmare when the giant ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. More than 1,500 lives were lost in the disaster. Dream of a dream: The largest ship ever built is christened in Ireland. Witness the disaster as numerous iceberg warnings go unheeded and the ship sinks. The legend lives on: Lifeboats edge away from the crippled liner as futile SOS signals flare into the night - leaving 1500 passengers to perish in a watery grave. Also, witness the deep sea expedition to unearth Titanic's secrets. Beyond Titanic: Explore the aftermath and legacy of this momentous shipwreck, and discover the popular phenomenon surrounding on the the most outsized event in modern history."
"Dead men tell no tales. Dead ships, however, do. Over seventy years after the great ocean liner sank, marine geologist Robert Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic 12,500 feet beneath the surface of the icy North Atlantic. Now Ballard presents the world with an opportunity to live the story of the famous ship through his amazing last great images, before Titanic 's remains are gone forever. This is a story told in rusted, twisted metal and debris, but it is also a human story told in a porcelain doll's face, an empty shoe, and an abandoned derby hat. Titanic: The Last Great Images maps the wreck of the ship from a variety of perspectives to give a completely new picture of the triumph and tragedy that was Titanic . This illustrated volume-and a National Geographic special-weave the strands of the ocean liner's story together in renderings done by the ship's original designers, charts of the debris field, and period illustrations. Robert Ballard provides the clearest, most accurate view of the ship we have ever seen. In crisply detailed underwater photography, disintegrating ruins and shattered pieces reveal pride of workmanship, a rigidly defined class system, and indelible images of terror and courage."
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