A new favorite book of mine about The Titanic! I have read so very much on this tragedy over the years. Could I possibly read yet another book on it? I truly wanted to, with the 100th anniversary coming up this April 2012.
The incidents surrounding Titanic's lifespan are certainly legendary. Like all things legendary, fiction springs from fact; tales surrounding it become urban legend --- and fiction and facts entwine. Clarity becomes muddled --- so much so, that after awhile, it does become a bit confusing keeping it clearly in focus. That is why Tim Maltin's book was spot-on for me. In a casual, concise, straight-forward style, he tackles 101 facts, fictions, and confusions about Titanic. I can honestly say that by reading this, I deepened my knowledge on the facts I understood to be true; cleared up more than a few fictions that had entered my brain (thanks, Hollywood); and enjoyed some of the more urban legend elements that I had not encountered before. I never felt like I was reading a lecture. Maltin engaged and easily held my interest from first page to last.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a wonderful addition to my Titanic library.
Best of all, this would make an outstanding gift for anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge on the Titanic. It is a fantastic read for novices and armchair experts and would be appreciated by anyone with a passion and interest in Titanic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WITHOUT ANY RESERVATIONS.