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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119098
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Best Titanic reading ever (excluding autobiographies written by survivors). I never believed it was built of cheap steel or that the crew on Californian was dismissive of the distress calls. How I hate all those stupid myths. This is what schools and colleges should use to teach about Titanic, not poorly-written school textbooks that use old newspapers (which exaggerate and lie). My children will be home-schooled and this is will on the reading list that I set for them. I am a strong believer in the truth. And I think this book covered the Titanic better than any other.
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