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101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . butDidn't! [Kindle Edition]

Tim Maltin , Eloise Aston
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 15th, 2012, will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

People have an endless fascination with the Titanic, yet much of what they know today is a mixture of fact and fiction. In one hundred and one brief and engaging chapters, Tim Maltin, one of the foremost experts on the Titanic, reveals the truth behind the most common beliefs about the ship and the night it sank. From physics to photographs, lawsuits to love stories, Maltin doesn't miss one tidbit surrounding its history. Heavily researched and filled with detailed descriptions, quotes from survivors, and excerpts from the official inquiries, this book is guaranteed to make readers rethink everything they thought they knew about the legendary ship and its tragic fate.

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About the Author

Tim Maltin is a marketing and public relations consultant who has been researching the Titanic for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favorite Book on the Titanic January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I received the book, 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic by Tim Maltin, as an ebook from the publisher Penguin Books.

As you all know I am a history buff... I LOVE HISTORY! I am the only person you know who not only has Usher's Annuals of World History but who has read almost the entire thing... (If you don't know what that is...)

Anyways, I loved this book. With the anniversary of the fateful trip upon us, I was intrigued. I still remember a neighbor who had the newspaper from that day. She had been 12 at the time, and she told me what it was like to hear that news personally. So I couldn't wait to look at this book. I was amazed at many of the items that are commonly believed about the sinking of the Titanic that are FALSEHOODS or rumors that were propagated early on before the truth made it out.

For example, many of you have heard that they had too FEW life boats to code, when in actuality they had as many as they should via the code of the day. What about the claim that the Christening of the boat with the bottle of Champagne that didn't break?? WRONG!! Or that just like in the movie the Irish immigrants were locked down stairs.. WRONG!!!

This book takes the details from a inquiry trial that took place with all involved and the survivors and details their answers and responses...

Here is what the publisher had to say...

Ever since that night, fact has merged with fiction about what really happened. Now, for the first time, Titanic expert and author Tim Maltin gathers together all the key elements surrounding the disaster and presents a fascinating, compulsive and accurate account of what really happened.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy to read book March 1, 2012
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My 10 year old wanted to read a book about the Titanic but all of the books we found were too simplistic or too involved for her. This one had just the right amount of information. She liked reading facts about the Tttanic without getting bogged down in the wording. I recommend it if you're looking for an easy read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A cursed Mummy sank the Titanic? April 4, 2012
By Meesha
I bought this book to add to the many other Titanic books I own, thinking it would be a good addition, and there was bound to be some new information that I hadn't previously read.

Wrong. Most of the information was repeated straight from the British/American enquiries after the disaster. Yes I did find out some interesting things, but I always knew they weren't true. Such as that the Titanic was sunk by a mummy's curse and a Titanic worker being sealed inside the Titanic. Stuff like this is seriously unbelievable, but yet it gets repeated as fact. Other things are more intriguing, such as the eight members of one family that were killed that night, and stewardess Violet Jessop surviving the sinking of both the Titanic and the Britannic.

I commend the author for delving deep into some of the more unbelievable myths that surround the Titanic but quoting huge swathes of the enquiries has never made, in my opinion, a great book. It does make for very dry reading. Overall, the author did a good job, but the book could have been a little bit livelier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read October 14, 2012
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While those into Titanic's history will not find most of these items to be new, the author does shed some interesting details on the common myths. For example, it is wildly believed that the many more lives would have been saved with more lifeboats but if the crew didn't have the time to properly launch the lifeboats they had, having more would not have made a significant difference. Perhaps a few more people could have swim into some of the extra lifeboats but certainly not all 1500 lost.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read if you are into the Titanic!
If you want to learn the basics of what happened to the Titanic, this is the book for you!
Published 4 months ago by pdchia777
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book!
Book is very easy to read and full of interesting information! I would highly recommend it to any titanic readers!!!
Published 18 months ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting!
A few months ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of going to the Titanic Museum in Branson. Not too long after did I receive this book for review. Read more
Published on April 30, 2013 by The Indigo Quill
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
think you know all about the titanic and its crew.... read this book and see if you really do. i learned a few new things
Published on February 5, 2013 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think you know it all your WRONG!
I guess that this book was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. The book was accetully very intresting. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by Crossroad Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite 101
I've been reading a lot of Titanic books this year due to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that great ship so the title of this one really intrigued me. Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by CC Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those who want to know more about the Titanic
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, but despite all the years that have passed since it plunged to the Atlantic's sea floor, taking over... Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Jessica M
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fact Filled Book!
"101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic... But Didn't!" was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Misty
1.0 out of 5 stars Minutae rather than trivia
Not for me
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Published on June 10, 2012 by Bibliophage
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Facts
I purchased this book for my Kindle from Amazon.
The book was very enjoyable. It's a nice reference to use about the basic history of Titanic. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by B. Harris
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