The Last Great Images

Ballard, Robert D.

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
Examines the ship in a series of photographs that map the wreck to give a picture of the tragedy, and includes charts of the debris field and renderings of the ship by its original designers.

Perseus Publishing

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.

& Taylor

The marine geologist and explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic more than seventy years after it sank provides a close-up look at the ship in a series of remarkable photographs that map the wreck to give a dramatic picture of the tragedy, in a volume that includes charts of the debris field and renderings of the ship by its original designers.

Publisher: Philadelphia : Running Press, 2008
ISBN: 0762435046
Branch Call Number: 910.452 B
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 x 30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coutts, Ian R.


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May 06, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

May 14, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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