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101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . butDidn't! Paperback – November 29, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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If you want to learn the basics of what happened to the Titanic, this is the book for you!Published 18 months ago by pdchia777
Book is very easy to read and full of interesting information! I would highly recommend it to any titanic readers!!!Published on November 27, 2013 by Russell
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 morePublished on April 30, 2013 by The Indigo Quill
think you know all about the titanic and its crew.... read this book and see if you really do. i learned a few new thingsPublished on February 5, 2013 by Kindle Customer
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. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Matthew Ptak
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 morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Jessica Porter
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 morePublished on August 19, 2012 by CC Thomas