I respectfully disagree.Kathy, I would agree with you that Pellegrino seems a better marine scientist than a Titanic historian. maybe because he has the educational background for the former, where Titanic is more a hobby for him?
my concern is that all the qualities that make a good historian are even more critical for a scientist. have you done any research in Pellegrino's field to see what his peers think of his scientific work? the answer to that question should speak volumes as to whether you should consider recommending his books or not.
there are probably plenty of other authors who might be better recommendations, in any event. any of Dr. Ballard's books would be a good example. he has written a wide range of books on many topics from geothermal vent exploration to wreck diving. his reputation is considered very solid. I don't think you could go wrong recommending any of his books.
it wasn't entirely clear from your post what grade level your students are. let me know what grade level you are teaching and I will try to come up with some further authors.
all the best, Michael (TheManInBlack) T
Mistakes happen, he fully outlines that Ken Marschall found the safety gate drawn open and the locks open in 2001, and within no area of hull deformity, thus supporting the D-Deck Portside door to be open during the sinkingWell some of what he says dose make sense but some is way out there. Ill admit that. I mean supposed if your an historian on the Titanic surely you would know that the gangway doors that lightoller had open was on D deck not E deck like he says in his book.
He does not state the Smoking Room on fire theory as fact, he theorizes that could be possible for the “lights” passengers saw still on during the stern’s final plungeThanks to all for your input on this. I've done some searches on the board the found some very good stuff. Here is a discussion about Pellegrino's assertion about the smoking room being on fire. This is one of the worst blunders as far as I'm concerned.
I've also tapped into my NASA contacts because Pellegrino claims to have connections there. Thse apparently go way back to the Challenger disaster. He mentions some things about the shuttle in the first book that are a bit questionable too. He certainly does a variety of dabbling.
I am most of the way through Daniel Butler's book, Unsinkable. It seems very good. It's also written in the style that has his sources everywhere. When Butler quotes someone, he notes where he got it from, the same goes for most other specific events and assertions. It's pretty good. The only mistake I've found so far is Butler got fireman Barretts first name wrong.
Based on my opinion, and the valued opinions of the good folks on this board, Pellegrino's book will not be on my "recommended reading" list.