I have read nearly everything ever written about the Titanic, but this book made me feel as if I were actually on the boat. It contains only first-hand, first-person accounts from survivors of the doomed Titanic. Some of the survivors began writing on the Carpathia, moments after they were plucked from the jaws of death. I expected the second half of the book, which deals with the inquiries that followed the disaster, to be more clinical in tone, but Maltin, who compiled the book, continues his focus on the real people as he finds them in the inquests. -Previous books have featured editing and intense study of the mechanics of the disaster. All have been interesting to some extent, and contributed to what is known, especially the recent scientific research and the "mosaic" put together by National Geographic. But the accounts presented in this book, directly from the mouths and minds of the people who went through it, are so vivid, one after the other, that as I was reading it I had the most vivid feeling that I was on the great ship. It's so nice to get away from the legends that have arisen over the last century, such as the overuse of the word "unsinkable": nothing beats Molly Brown writing in her own words, modest and matter-of-fact in her prose, and when you finish reading her story you want to stand up amid your goosebumps and applaud, but are afraid of tipping over the lifeboat. -Kudos to Maltin! Don't miss this one.