Ghosts of the Titanic by James Cameron

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The nightmare that began on the evening of April 14, 1912, did not end even as it shattered the lives of passengers and crew, their families, and their hopes into a mile-wide field of wreckage two and a half miles below the ocean's surface. It was just the beginning. A mystery that has survived decades, the loss of the Titanic two hundred miles off the coast of North America remains a defining moment in American history. It continues to haunt and to compel archaeologists like bestselling author Dr. Charles Pellegrino to piece together the shocking secrets left behind.

In Ghosts of the Titanic, firsthand accounts and oceanic findings join to create the most vivid picture yet of the incredible night the Titanic went down. Offering new conclusions about the sinking and new insights into human nature in the face of disaster, Pellegrino draws signposts from the past for the future.

Using the latest technology to penetrate the ship's grave-where strange bacteria and a water temperature only two degrees above freezing have kept many of the ship's artifacts and even food from decay-Ghosts of the Titanic re-creates those last horrifying moments onboard the doomed liner and reveals fascinating details about life on the bed of the Atlantic. With new discoveries about the ship's fate and history, it showsWhat really happened to the Grand StairwayWhy the lookout never saw the massive iceberg before it was too lateHow diaries and letters from passengers came to be perfectly preserved at the bottom of the oceanWho was looting cabins as the ship went down How a 3.5-billion-year-old living fossil is turning the Titanic itself into the world's largest living organism


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Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology. The author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Unearthing Atlantis", "Dust", "Ghosts of the Titanic", and the "New York Times" bestseller "Her Name, Titanic", he is the scientist whose dinosaur-cloning recipe inspired Michael Crichton's bestselling novel "Jurassic Park". Dr. Pellegrino lives in New York City.
Published July 1, 2000 by William Morrow. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In an afterword and postscript, Pellegrino considers the fates of the crew and their passengers, lists the expeditions that have studied the ship's wreckage, and ponders the dangers of technological hubris.

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