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Dusk to dawn
Quinn, Paul J.
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Publication Information:
Hollis, N.H. : Fantail, [1999]

Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 28 cm
General Note:
Ill. on lining papers.

"With a foreword by Edward Kamuda." -- Cover.
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G530.T6 Q55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G530.T6 Q55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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On board the Titanic the cream of society laughed, dined and listened to music, and the poorest of immigrants celebrated the hope and joy of entering a new world of opportunity. This book takes you through their evening and into the night, telling the survivor's sales of the dramatic events which would turn all of their lives around. Dawn would find the majestic ship vanished, and desperate survivors floating about the Atlantic in tiny lifeboats. Explore the hours between sunset and sunrise through survivor accounts, stunning colour artwork and black and white photos.

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Booklist Review

For readers who can't get enough information about one of the most famous disasters in history, Quinn provides exhausting detail about the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 as it sailed from England to New York. Using survivor testimony and archival photographs, Quinn reconstructs an hour-by-hour account from sunset to dawn, from the first inklings of a potential problem through the harrowing rescues. Quinn also provides a macro view of the year 1912. He recounts the growth in wealth and technology, the increase of and attendant concerns about immigration, the rise of class polarization, and how all those factors affected the events of the tragedy and rescue efforts. The survivor accounts are compelling in relating the fear and panic and acts of heroism in this famous tragedy. The book is illustrated with photographs, maps and charts, and 27 original paintings by Quinn. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

Quinn, a member of the Titanic Historical Society and author of Titanic at Two A.M., has researched and painted the Titanic throughout most of his adult life. In this lavishly illustrated account, which includes 27 original color paintings by the author and 80 black-and-white photographs, Quinn uses extensive survivor testimony to place the reader in the midst of the last eight hours of the great ship's life: from one passenger's vivid recollection of how the sun's pathway at dusk "ran ahead of us...and slipped over the edge of the skyline" to a survivor's comment, watching from the railing of the rescue ship Carpathia: "Finally the sun came up. It was a beautiful sparkling morning looking down on a group of widely scattered small lifeboats...all that was left of the greatest ocean steamer ever built." Introduced with a thoughtful foreword by Edward S. Kamuda, president and founder of the Titanic Historical Society, this is a documentary counterpoint to other recent retellings. Recommended for larger public libraries and libraries with a special interest in the Titanic.--Robert C. Jones, formerly of Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.