Here's another example of why the Guardian Shorts series works so well. A really engaging collection of journalism on the history of the Titanic, taking us from when the ship was built, through to the sailing itself, the disaster, the aftermath and the myths that have grown up around the event.
What makes this so good is the sense of time and place that comes out of the original material. There is something slightly eerie about reading articles about the ship prior to its sinking in 1912, a slightly queasy sensation that the journalists writing about the luxury liner could have no sense of the impending doom.
More contemporary articles, reviewing how the Titanic continues to fascinate and entice are equally illuminating, and the review of James Cameron's 1997 epic movie is wonderfully on the mark.
These Guardian Shorts tend to sneak under the radar and just appear on the Kindle site, but the range of titles is impressive; the content pitch perfect on any of the subjects I've downloaded and read so far. Ideal e-book material - and the Titanic volume adds to an increasingly unmissable set of titles. And no - I don't work for either the Guardian or The Observer in recommending these - but just hope to alert other readers to their merits.