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By Ian Sturton (ed.)

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Courage, selflessness, meeting death with dignity are immutable. So are cowardice, arrogance, and stupidity. These qualities were all present in those aboard the Titanic the night she sank. It is true that the story of the Titanic contains its share of blunderers, incompetents, cowards, and even a villain or two. But more important is the story of the heroes, the men and women who rose above themselves by word or deed, who deserve to be remembered. This is that story. PROLOGUE IT WAS A FORCE OF NATURE.

Undisturbed by human affairs, the iceberg continued its slow procession to the sea, while empires were being created and plagues were sweeping across entire continents. Neither malevolent nor benevolent, it had no way of knowing that a ten-second encounter with another moving object would make it the most notorious iceberg in all the ages of the world. Sometime in the early weeks of 1912, with a series of deafening cracks, it broke off from its parent glacier and thundered into the cold waters of the Labrador Sea, and began its slow drift southward toward the North Atlantic....

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