Death of Michael Davie a great Titanic author


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Dave Gittins

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The death is announced of Michael Davie, who contributed one of the finest of all Titanic books.

Published as Titanic: The Full Story of a Tragedy and Titanic: The Death and Life of a Legend, his book is well written and researched and is coloured by his experience at sea. The book is regrettably rather hard to find. As you will see, Davie was not your average writer.

For some reason, I'm finding it impossible to post a link direct to the story. Go to the link below and follow the link on the left.


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Mike Poirier

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I am very sorry to hear this as his book is in my top five. I only wish many of the subsequent authors who have written Titanic books had done the depth of research he did; bringing new material to the forefront.
 

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Michael S., the link for some weird reason gets mangled in the copy and paste process. It puts "1666573%2C00.html," at the start of the link, where it doesn't belong. It works only if you copy and paste the correct link, beginning at http.

Michael P, have a look at my own book for new thoughts and material.
 

Mike Poirier

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Hello Dave
I shall definitely add it to my 'get it' list. Perhaps someone who already has it would like to do a review of it for Voyage magazine- to give it more exposure?
Mike
 
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He's dead?
I acquired his book recently and have been absolutely enthralled as I've been reading it and was just about to see if I could revive a discussion of it.

Bit of a bummer. I was rather hoping he might be a member.
 

Omar Khokhar

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Hi Michael Standart!

I`m thinking of buying his book!

1) how sound are the conclusions of the book and is it worth buying?
 
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>>how sound are the conclusions of the book and is it worth buying?<<

I haven't read it in awhile so I'll plead a failing memory on that one. Suffice to say that if a man like Dave Gittins is impressed, there's usually one hell of a good reason for it. Be mindful of the fact that some of our understanding of the disaster has changed in the light of new information, but I don't think you'll be disappointed.
 

Omar Khokhar

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Hi Michael, you mean dave gittins is impressed with Michael Davies book Titanic: The Full Story of a Tragedy and Titanic?

Is michael Davies book one you recommend in buying?

thanks
 
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Yes to both questions. if you can get it, grab it. Especially if it's available at a decent price. It's long out of print so you'll have to check out used book dealers where you live or go to on line sources such as Alibris or Amazon. Since a local store would probably be a lot easier on your wallet, you might want to try that first. The on line sources usually know the real value and charge accordingly.
 
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>>Hi michael i`ve found a 2nd hand copy for £3 bargain and in good condition:<<

Hope you grabbed it up then. I would have were it not for the fact that I already have a copy.

Regarding "Maiden Voyage" that one is very much worthwhile. I won't go into a rundown on it since my memory is rusty, but a good place to look for impartial reviews from somebody who knows Titanic would be Michael Tennero's TitanicBookSite at http://www.titanicbooksite.com/

For some quick reviews, see http://www.titanicbooksite.com/DavieMichael.html

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http://www.titanicbooksite.com/MarcusGeoffrey.html
 

Omar Khokhar

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Hi Michael, thank you very much for you help so far!

One last question is your memeory aint too rusty (a good brandy will help)

The "Maiden Voyage book" and "Michael Davies" books how do they both read?

Are they like the way don lynch or charles haas present their books i.e titanic, destination disater etc? Are they an analysis of events?

ps I can buy both book together for £5.76!
 
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