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Evolutionary biologist and spacecraft consultant Pellegrino ( Chariots of Apollo , etc.) celebrates the importance of oceanographic exploration in this personalsometimes pretentious and repetitiousreflection on the wreck of the Titanic and the long-awaited discovery of its site 73 years later. The book contains a gripping dramatization of the 1912 disaster, enhanced by unpublished diaries, transcripts of wireless transmissions and interviews of survivors. Woven into the account of the sinking is the story of oceanographer Robert Ballard, whose team of men and robots struggled to find the location of the wreck and now work to protect the site from commercial exploitation. Ruminating on parallels between the Titanic disaster and the loss of the Challenger spaceshuttle (overconfident builders and unexpected ice played a part in both tragedies), Pellegrino argues that exploration of hitherto unknown ocean depths may yield more secrets about the universe than space exploration. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Science writer Pellegrino worked with Bob Ballard to find the sunken wreck of the Titanic in 1987. He looks at the story from a new perspective, comparing the ship to the Challenger space shuttle. Just as the Titantic was deemed unsinkable, so the Challenger was considered virtually fail-safe. Pellegrino's book is a complement to Ballard's Discovery of the Titanic ( LJ 1/88). Pellegrino concentrates on the crew's reaction to the discovery, delving into Ballard's character and that of his colleagues. Pellegrino also draws on new information to give a more thorough explanation of the destruction that the ship endured and a vivid reconstruction of its last moments. Realistic dialogue is re-created from historical records, interviews, and passenger diaries. This should have wide appeal in public libraries. John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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