Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic

Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic

by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

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"Iceberg, Right Ahead!" Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century.

Seventy-three years separate the two major Titanic events—the 1912 sinking of the vessel and the dramatic 1985 discovery of the wreck by Robert Ballard. But additional stories about the victims, survivors, rescuers, reporters, investigators, and many others show the far-reaching effects this tragedy had on society. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has collected numerous personal accounts of the event, including the knighted man who spent the rest of his life in seclusion because he was accused of dishonorable behavior in a lifeboat, the stewardess who survived two shipwrecks and a mid-ocean collision, and the New York Times executive who sent multiple reporters to meet the rescue ship, thus earning a national reputation for his newspaper. She also links the Titanic tragedy to changes in regulations worldwide. After a Senate Inquiry and a British trial attempted to assign blame for the disaster, new laws on ship safety were put in place. A group of nations also banded together to form an ice patrol, eventually leading to the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512452976
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 691,257
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, a former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home.

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Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NovelChatter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has written a fact filled account of the tragedy that was Titanic. Just about 100 pages in length, she easily shares accounts, photos, sketches and enough information about what happened after the survivors returned home, to engage a reader of any age. Iceberg, Right Ahead is directed at a YA audience and I think that's such a fabulous thing! There are many lessons to be learned and McPherson touches on the most important, that actions matter and lives and reputations can be ruined with false accounts and misinformation. She also tells of the great heroism, from so many people in all walks of life that night. The term "women and children first" bring a whole new concept to how life was a hundred years ago, both good and not-so-good. Iceberg, Right Ahead is an easy read and a gorgeous read thanks to the many photos and sketches. I especially like that she included the "unsinkable" Margaret Brown, Titanic's Captain Smith and also the recovery mission of Robert Ballard in 1985.Iceberg, Right Ahead is a great way to introduce readers of all ages to the human and the physical tragedy that was Titanic. I've always been mesmerized by the accounts of the Titanic and I hope this book will entice another generation to learn more about how the unsinkable Titanic when down in a few hours. 5 out of 5 stars. * This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley and that, in no way, affected my honest review.
MaryKate2345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short read at just over 100 photo-enhanced pages, Iceberg, Right Ahead! is an excellent account of the Titanic, from its conception through the 1985 discovery of its North Atlantic resting place. Author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has done a stellar job of laying out the story, humanizing the facts with personal accounts and conveying the horror and tragedy of the great ship¿s sinking ¿ and all in a straightforward, highly readable manner. Even though much of the story of the sinking was familiar to me, I was absolutely riveted. Less familiar, but just as interesting, were the sections on the aftermath ¿ the American and British inquiries into the disaster, the formation of the ice patrols in the hope of preventing future accidents and the stories of some of the survivors.While, because of the book¿s short format, none are explored in great depth, Iceberg, Right Ahead! touches on many of the issues and controversies surrounding the Titanic ¿ the insufficient number of lifeboats, the ship¿s speed, the higher mortality rate of third class passengers and the failure of the Californian to render aid, among others. IMHO, Iceberg, Right Ahead! could well spur readers into further research on any or all of these issues. Fortunately, there is a wealth of material available for curious minds. Aimed at the younger end of the YA market, the text includes parenthetical definitions of terms that might be unfamiliar to readers. (Example: ¿boatswain¿ ¿ supervisor of unlicensed deckhands.) The book design is appealing and the many photos and other artwork illuminate the text well, adding great visual appeal. A timeline, a brief glossary, source notes and a bibliography are included along with mention of the fate of other famous ships of the Titanic¿s era. Iceberg, Right Ahead is concise, yes, but nonetheless, it¿s a riveting telling of one of the most famous disasters of all time. I literally could not put it down.Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Liked this book because I like history and this is an interesting story.This is a non-fiction book called “Iceberg Right Ahead” is about the horrifying story of the Titanic. The book called “Iceberg Right Ahead” was about the the sinking of the Titanic and some of the stories told by the survivors. I like this book because it tells specifically about the Titanic. I recommend this book to grade levels 4-12.
NovelChatter More than 1 year ago
Author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has written a fact filled account of the tragedy that was Titanic. Just about 100 pages in length, she easily shares accounts, photos, sketches and enough information about what happened after the survivors returned home, to engage a reader of any age. Iceberg, Right Ahead is directed at a YA audience and I think that's such a fabulous thing! There are many lessons to be learned and McPherson touches on the most important, that actions matter and lives and reputations can be ruined with false accounts and misinformation. She also tells of the great heroism, from so many people in all walks of life that night. The term "women and children first" bring a whole new concept to how life was a hundred years ago, both good and not-so-good. Iceberg, Right Ahead is an easy read and a gorgeous read thanks to the many photos and sketches. I especially like that she included the "unsinkable" Margaret Brown, Titanic's Captain Smith and also the recovery mission of Robert Ballard in 1985. Iceberg, Right Ahead is a great way to introduce readers of all ages to the human and the physical tragedy that was Titanic. I've always been mesmerized by the accounts of the Titanic and I hope this book will entice another generation to learn more about how the unsinkable Titanic when down in a few hours. 5 out of 5 stars. * This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley and that, in no way, affected my honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! It's the story of the Titanic disaster--before, during, and after--but it's also a collection of stories of people, companies, and even objects associated with the ship. My son was crazy about the Titanic when he was younger, so I've read countless books about it to and with him as well as watching several programs about it (we got Ghosts of the Abyss almost as soon as it came out) and even so there were so many pieces of information and stories in here that I'd never heard before. It's engagingly written so that both adults and young readers can enjoy it--a glossary a the back explains nautical terms, and throughout the book important vocabulary is defined in the reading so that the information makes sense. The amount of research that went into this book is incredible, and it really pays off--the latest information is in here, disproving some long-held beliefs about the sinking of the ship. With the 100th anniversary of the disaster right around the corner, this book will make an excellent addition to any library or Titanic enthusiast's collection.