101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic…but Didn’t! by Tim Maltin

Posted November 19, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: November 29th, 2011
Pages: 320
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Netgalley
Cover: I really love it actually. It’s nothing special, but it looks kind of vintage as if it was something that The White Star Line printed themselves.

101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn't!101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn’t! by Tim  Maltin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:

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.

Review:

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.

Review:

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I am trying to change that. The problem for me with nonfiction is that there aren’t a lot of topics that I am interested in reading. So when a nonfiction book comes along that I am interested in, I jump right on it. This was one of those. And I am so glad I read it!!

In these pages you will find every single rumor that has ever circled about the Titanic (and there are a lot), and whether or not it is true. Not surprisingly, most of them aren’t. And there were quite a few that I hadn’t even heard of, but that doesn’t really shock me because I do not consider myself an expert on Titanic knowledge. But that doesn’t really matter because I enjoyed learning about what I didn’t know anyway.

Here’s the format: It’s divided into sections such as passengers, the iceberg, the rescue, the aftermath, etc., and then within that the rumors are numbered and then the author tells you what really did or didn’t happen. I really enjoyed the format because it made it easy to read a few of them and walk away if you had to and then come back to it. There was always a good place to stop and this is a great thing to have with nonfiction because sometimes it’s hard to read straight through. But that wouldn’t have mattered because it’s not like the content or writing was dry. It wasn’t at all. The author presented the facts and he did it in a really great way.

I would easily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Titanic, shipwrecks, or anyone with a desire to learn more about this topic. If you think this sounds like something you might want to read but feel yourself shying away because it’s nonfiction, don’t! It’s a pretty fast read and I promise you it’s a lot of fun.

Final note: Titanic fans need to read this book! Not only did I learn a lot, but it’s a great memory refresher. I remember some of the scenes from the 1997 movie and then finding out from this book that they didn’t really happen.

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