Tales from Titanic

With the announcement that Titanic II will be built, stories about the doomed ship by Elizabeth Kaye, Hampton Sides, Daniel Mendelsohn and others.
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Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced plans to build Titanic II, an exact replica of the famed ship that will set sail in 2016.

Good luck with that.

In her Byliner Original Lifeboat No. 8—a No. 1 New York Times best seller—Elizabeth Kaye recounted the extraordinary story of 27 passengers and crew who made it off the doomed ocean liner in 1912. "Ladies,” one seaman told those shivering in the lifeboat, “if any of us are saved, remember: I wanted to go back. I would rather drown with them than leave them.”

Last year, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking, Hampton Sides visited one of the most popular Titanic exhibits. "The mother of all shipwrecks has many homes—literal, legal, and metaphorical—but none more surreal than the Las Vegas Strip," he wrote. "At the Luxor Hotel...is a semipermanent exhibition of Titanic artifacts brought up from the ocean depths by RMS Titanic, Inc., the wreck’s legal salvager since 1994. More than 25 million people have seen this exhibit and similar RMST shows that have been staged in 20 countries around the world."

And Daniel Mendelsohn reflected on why the Titanic still fascinates us more than a century later. "If you were writing a morality play about class privilege," he noted, "you couldn’t do better than to dream up a glamorous ship of fools and load it with everyone from the A-list to immigrants coming to America for a better life."

Lifeboat No. 8 (Excerpt)

When the Titanic started going down, which passengers would make it off alive? An untold tale of love, loss, and survival, with a new afterword from the author.

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