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Anatomy of the Titanic
Anatomy of the Titanic
by Tom McCluskie
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good source of information, August 6, 2007
This review is from: Anatomy of the Titanic (Hardcover)
Despite flaws and a few mistakes this book is a superb refurence on the Titanic. Lots of photoes. Some from her sister ships but none the less they no dought would be comperable to those of Titanic.

One flaw. Fails to provide information on lifeboats.


Titanic : An Illustrated History
Titanic : An Illustrated History
by Donald Lynch
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written well illustrated, August 6, 2007
An extremely well written and well illustrated work on this historic and tragic accident. Must read for anyone interested in this event in history. A good addition to any library.

One flaw. Does not provide passenger capacity of types of lifeboats carried.


Inside the Titanic (A Giant Cutaway Book)
Inside the Titanic (A Giant Cutaway Book)
by Ken Marschall
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great pictures, August 5, 2007
Though a child's book, well illustrated for those interested in this ship and tired of maps.

Only regret, wish it were more illustrated and does not give break down of lifeboat capacity boat by boat though provides overall lifeboat and passenger capacity.


Titanic [VHS]
Titanic [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Titanic films, July 1, 2007
This review is from: Titanic [VHS] (VHS Tape)
If a tragedy can be seen as entertaining than this is it. A delightful film with a superb cast of well developed growing characters portrayed in excellent costumes and superb sets.

Beutiful settings of well dressed ladies accompanied by fine gentlemen and properly dressed women.

Superb acting all around.

A well developed story that covers every aspect of the Titanic tragedy.

Much better than the other Titanic film.


Titanic [VHS]
Titanic [VHS]
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It sinks, June 30, 2007
This review is from: Titanic [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Like this film there really were a J. Dawson and Tommy Ryan aboard the Titanic. But they were both members of the Crew and they both drowned. And this pretty much says it all about this film in its historical accuracy.

I watched this one while puppy sitting. And I don't have much to say for it other than watching one of the pups look me in the eye and piss on the carpet in front of me as I watched this film more entertaining.

Wonderful costuming. Beutiful and very accurate sets. (These are why I don't give it just One Star). Good acting but a lousy class warfare driven story and an awful plot with characters who are absolutely too two dimensional to believe.

And what is this story? A 'salvage'/preservation effort at looting the Titanic turns up a drawing of a naked girl wearing a valuable diamond. And then the story follows. She's a seventeen year old girl sold into matrimonial slavery by her fortune hunting mother to a nasty rich kid who is taking her back to missery in Pittsburg. He's a smoking drinking gambling bohemian American expatriate artist on his way home to a questionable future recently from the Left bank of Paris where he drew naked women who dies in the end but 'frees' her. Everyone poor is portrayed virtuous. Everyone rich is portrayed as bad, selfish, greedy arrogant and snobbish. Which is an insult to the men like John Jacob Astor who died giving up their places on the life boats for poor women to board saying Women and Children First.

And it really sucks.

They can't even get their math up on the Lifeboats ratio to passenghers. Titanic was designed to carry more than three thousand five hundred passengers and crew while her lifeboat capacty was less than one thousand two hundred. Through poor organization they didn't even use that capacity rather than what this film implies.

No scenes really impressed me much beyond scenery and costuming but if there is one scene that really disgusts me it is that of the crew holding third class passengers at bay and at gun point as first class passengers board the lifeboats. Next to that it is Murdoch shooting third class passengers trying to get to the last boats, something he did not do.

Overall this film is a BIG BIG disapointment.
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Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A Message for Christians
Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A Message for Christians
by David H. Stern
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going back to where this started, June 29, 2007
So much out there. SO much said and so little understood. This and that and Everything else. So many theologians saying so many things. Up is down and down is up. Right and Wrong and Nothing really really means what it says.

Well scripture really means what it says. But what are we reading?

This book is a good set for understanding.

Truth is what one really needs to do in order to walk with Christ one really needs to walk in his footsteps for a while in his sandals.

This wonderful little book is very good for that purpose.

A must read for anyone serious in seeking one's way.


Victorian City and Country Houses: Plans and Details (Dover Architecture)
Victorian City and Country Houses: Plans and Details (Dover Architecture)
by George E. Woodward
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, June 10, 2007
From Basement to Attic this book gives the reader full coverage on the structures it covers. All floors and all sides Plus.

A must have for any interested in the homes of this period.

No library of the subject of Victorian architecture is complete with out it.


Turn-of-the-Century House Designs: With Floor Plans, Elevations and Interior Details of 24 Residences (Dover Architecture)
Turn-of-the-Century House Designs: With Floor Plans, Elevations and Interior Details of 24 Residences (Dover Architecture)
by William T. Comstock
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well illustrated well written, June 10, 2007
Well illustrated and well written guide on the houses of this subject. Some even provide info on Attics and basement. A treat for those interested in the houses of this period.

Beutifully done work this one.


Late Victorian Houses and Cottages: Floor Plans and Illustrations for 40 House Designs
Late Victorian Houses and Cottages: Floor Plans and Illustrations for 40 House Designs
by Century Architectural Company
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nicel;y written nicely drawn, June 10, 2007
A good refurence on period homes. Each structure has a profile drawing, plans for two floors and is well described. Unfortunately it provides no images for attick which Victorians often used for bedrooms or funrooms as well as storage or basement which often contained house coal furnace and storage as well as other facilities.

A good find for anyone interested in homes of this most interesting period. I just wish it were complete.


Victorian Dwellings for Village and Country (1885) (Dover Architecture)
Victorian Dwellings for Village and Country (1885) (Dover Architecture)
by S. B. Reed
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a Half Stars, June 8, 2007
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A delightful book. Each house mentioned is accompanied by a well writtein single paragraph that describes it beutfifully and even adds suggestions on how to build it such as putting the kitchen in the basement which is brilliant for a time before air conditioning. However it only provides two floors of plan rather than a full set. No plans for attic or basement which is a shame. Design XXXV no floor plans at all.

Otherwise great for those interested i archiecture or the history of the victorian period.

A joy.


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