This page is designed to be a resource for those wishing to learn more about the doomed Titanic, who went down in April 1912 with a loss of over a thousand lives. Its decks held a microcosm of the universeAstors and Guggenheims in first class, immigrants in third.
Unsurprisingly, authors have used the events of Titanic for exploring many issues. The books listed below are divided into three categories: books based on historical information (such as the accounts of survivors), fictionalized accounts of the disaster, and books suitable for children and young adults (including coloring books and cut-away views of the ship). At the very end we have a link to miscellaneous items such as the soundtrack. Please feel free to browse!
Clicking on the title of any book listed below will bring you to the pages of Amazon.com, the largest on-line bookseller. There you can find out more information about the book, including any comments made by other customers, in-stock availability, and price. If you decide to purchase that book, the procedure is simple: just click the button in the upper right-hand corner than says "add to my shopping cart", and continue shopping for any other books or music items you want. When you have selected all the items you want to purchase, you can then buy them through Amazon's secure credit card server. I have used Amazon several times for ordering books and find them efficient, safe, and less expensive than regular discount bookstores, even when shipping costs are taken into account.
Please note, however, that this page is an Associate of Amazon.com: you do not purchase the books from me, but from them. (I only put up the convenient links and descriptions.) If you have any problems with your order (which is unlikely!) you will need to contact Amazon.com directly.
I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity! Even if you prefer not to purchase books at this time, feel free to print out this listing and take it to your local library for reference. (You may wish to print it out even if you are purchasing books, because once you enter Amazon's web page, you will not be able to come back to this page without eliminating your shopping cart.)
The Discovery of the Titanic
By Robert D. Ballard and Rick Archbold. A first hand account by those who searched for, and found, the Titanic.
Story of the Titanic As Told By Its Survivors
By Jack Winocour. First hand accounts, photos and illustrations, and demonstration of 1912 social attitudes: all can be found in this book, with the addition of some chilling pieces of Titanic trivia. For example, before passengers realized how serious the iceberg truly was, they planned to hold snowball fights the next day!
Down With the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (hardcover)
Down With the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (paperback)
By Steven Biel. An examination of cultural and social interpretations of the sinking of the Titanic.
Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Legendary Liner
By Dana McCauley. Learn what the passengers on the Titanic ate, and recreate their last meals! (Ever tried quail's eggs in aspic with caviar?)
The Titanic Disaster: As Reported in the British National Press April-July 1912
Compiled by Dave Bryceson. We tend to forget that the Titanic was not always a historical event, but that the news unfolded over the course of many days and weeks. This book contains the actual news stories and headlines!
The Sinking of the Titanic
Edited by Bruce M. Caplan. This book is essential for any serious student of the Titanic disaster. Originally published one month after the wreck, this book includes not only survivor accounts written down immediately (rather than years later), but many rare photographs.
Titanic Survivor: The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop Who Survived Both the Titanic and Britannic Disasters
By Violet Jessop and John Maxtone-Graham. The first-hand account of a woman who, while only in her twenties, lived through the sinking of the Titanic. (She then survived yet another shipwreck!)
Her Name, Titanic: The Untold Story of the Sinking and Finding of the Unsinkable Ship
By Charles Pellegrino. This account combines first-hand accounts with the discovery of the wreck decades later. "Provocative and poetic" says one reviewer.
Every Man For Himself (hardcover)
Every Man For Himself (paperback)
By Beryl Bainbridge. A historical novel based on the Titanic, well suited for those who want a more literary approach; this novel was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize.
Murder on the Titanic
By Jim Walker. This novel combines a mystery with the already tragic story. Just recently published!
From Time to Time
By Jack Finney. The sequel to the bestseller time-traveling novel Time and Again, this novel includes the hero taking a voyage on Titanic.
A Night To Remember
By Walter Lord. The classic 1955 novel detailing the sinking of Titanic minute by minute. The descriptions of the icebergs, from the point of view of the stranded passengers, are alone worth reading the novel for.
Psalm at Journey's End (hardcover)
Psalm at Journey's End (paperback)
By Erik Fosnes Hansen, translated by Joan Tate. This fictional novel examines the legend that the musicians aboard the Titanic continued to play even as the ship sank.
Raise the Titanic
Clive Cussler's adventure thriller involving the raising of the Titanic.
This section includes books suitable for all ages, including novels, history, and a few fun items that adults might like to buy for themselves!
Inside the Titanic: A Giant Cut-Away Book
By Hugh Brewster, illustrated by Ken Marschall. Sure to intrigue adults as well as children, this book (suitable for ages four and up) actually shows the inside of the ship, and details the stories of two childrenone in first class, the other in third.
Back to the Titanic! (Travellers Through Time #1)
By Beatrice Gormley. Kids travel through time to experience the wreck of the Titanic!
Exploring the Titanic
By Robert D. Ballard, the author of The Discovery of the Titanic (see above). This book is written for young adults, and explores the history and details of the Titanic.
Finding the Titanic
This edition of Robert D. Ballard's story Exploring the Titanic is an easy-to-read version for children aged 4-8.
The Titanic Coloring Book
By Peter F. Copeland. A fascinating examination of the Titanic from all aspects. Feel free to color and create your own version of the ship!
Polar the Titanic Bear
By Daisy Corning Stone Spedden. A must-read for children, this was written by a woman for her son the year after they survived the Titanic disaster. The story is narrated by the son's stuffed bear.
The Titanic (Cornerstones of Freedom)
By Deborah Kent. Solid historical description of the disaster, suitable for ages 9-12.
The Heroine of the Titanic: A Tale Both True and Otherwise of the Life of Molly Brown Vol. 1
By Newbery medalist Joan W. Blos, this is a fictionalized account of a woman who saved the lives of many Titanic passengers. Suitable for ages 4-8 and probably of interest to older readers as well.
Maiden Voyage (hardcover)
Maiden Voyage (paperback)
By Cynthia Bass. This thriller for young adults details the coming of age experiences of a young boy, trapped between childhood and adulthood on the streets of London and the deck of the Titanic.
Award-winning author Eve Bunting draws a panorama of class structure and human tragedy through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old boy sailing on the Titanic.
Survival: Titanic, April 14, 1912
By Kathleen Duey. Another historical novel, this one telling the story of two third-class children. Ages 8-12.
Terror on the Titanic (Choose Your Own Adventure)
By Jim Wallace. Live through the sinking of the Titanic, and try to survive!
Operation Titanic: A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Supermystery
By Carolyn Keene. The famous detectives become involved in the raising of the Titanic.
Soundtrack to Titanic
The CD version of the stirring soundtrack!
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