World War II For Dummies
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On the night of April 14–15, 1912, the unthinkable happened: On its maiden voyage, the Titanic, the largest passenger ship ever built at that time, hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. More than 1,500 of the 2,200-plus people on board were killed, including some of the wealthiest and most well-known people in the world. Those who survived told harrowing stories of waiting in lifeboats in the frigid waters for hours, uncertain whether anyone even knew they needed to be rescued. Stories of the Titanic’s sinking still captivate audiences a full century after its demise — stories that remind us of the limits of men’s endeavors and the dangers of their arrogance.

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Keith D. Dickson, PhD, is a professor of military studies at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University. He is a retired Colonel, US Army Special Forces.

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