101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn't!

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Maltin takes the well-known story of Titanic and divides it into brief sections, each headed with a common belief and then a statement about whether the belief is based in fact or myth, followed by elaboration. The sections are arranged in chronological order and not integrated into a conventional narrative; this approach makes the book more appealing for dipping in and out than reading straight through. Several of the oddest Titanic legends (e.g. Titanic and her sister ship Olympic were switched in an insurance scam; the ship was sunk by a mummy's curse) are put to rest, and Maltin does a good job of synthesizing sources to give succinct answers to questions about the voyage, passengers, rescue, and aftermath. VERDICT Recommended as a good companion piece to a more comprehensive treatment of the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143119098
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 768,543
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Very interesting read about the Titanic!

    The 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is coming up this Spring. Author Tim Maltin took this time to debunk some of the common myths about the Titanic. Some he even validated. But the movie is referenced several times in the book. Like when Molly Brown ordered the lifeboats back, no she did not do that. And most of the lives lost were not lost due to drowning, but hypothermia. An interesting fact that I had not heard before for that there were two kidnapped kids on board of the Titanic. It was a custodial kidnapping and their father perished, an interesting little tidbit.

    Overall this is the type of book that diehard fans of Jack and Rose will enjoy. I admit that it made me want to pull out the movie and watch it again. With the Anniversary coming up there will be a lot of talk about that fateful April night, 101 Things You Thought You Knew about the Titanic will help get you started.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    This year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M

    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 1,500 lives with it, myths and stories and misconceptions have continued to make their rounds. And in the midst of all the floods of books that came out to mark the anniversary, Tim Maltin's 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic...but Didn't! emerged as an excellent example of how to correct the storyline the RIGHT way.

    Though the book is fairly short (only 172 e-pages on my Nook), it is straight to the point, categorizing the different stories and then listing them, one by one, and either confirming or sinking the story as true or false. And in the process, Maltin does a great job of educating the reader in the finer points of the ship's sinking and the events that surrounded its planning, construction, and all the people involved.

    I would highly recommend it to Titanic enthusiasts, to those new to the story, and even to those who don't know much but want to know more about what has become the most famous ship sinking in history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    HELP!!!!

    Is this book good?

















    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    I like

    Love it

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Titanic

    It was so interesting



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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    I guess that this book was released to commemorate the 100th ann

    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. If you think you know everything about the Titanic well then your wrong! Read this book it really does include 101 things about the Titanic that I bet that not many people know. So if you like the Titanic then this book is deff. for you!

    "*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    Excellent

    easy read, learned things that I had not read in other Titanic books.

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    Posted April 2, 2012

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