Titanic

Titanic

The Last Great Images

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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. This book shows what makes the Titanic worthy of the world's undying fascination.

Publisher: Philadelphia : Running Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780762435043
0762435046
Branch Call Number: 910.91634 BA
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 x 30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coutts, Ian R.

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VRMurphy
May 06, 2013

Wonderful pictures and informed commentary, with interesting comparisons of the site from his original exploration to current day.

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Keogh
May 14, 2012

An extraordinary book by the man who found the legendary ship in 1985 and descended to the wreck in 1986. Ballard returned to the site some years ago, stunned by the amount of deterioration he saw since his first visit, and he expresses his concern throughout about the impact of human activity on the wreck, along with his discomfort about the actions of those who remove anything from the site. Aside from text about the sinking and discovery, the book features period photography and illustrations, along with some of the photography from Ballard's first expedition. It's the large scale photographs of Ballard's most recent expedition that really dominate the book. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the subject.

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