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A refreshing introduction to the Titanic story,
This review is from: Titanic Lives: Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew (Kindle Edition)
I have read the reviews of this book, both praising and damning, with interest as I can see both points of view. I found this book fascinating because I haven't read a lot about Titanic, and knew most of it from the Hollywood film which should not be used as a historical source! It debunks a lot of the myths (the third class being locked downstairs, women and children ONLY - on one side of the ship anyway) though I found it curious that it didn't mention the band playing until the epilogue, and nor does it mention Murdoch's infamous shooting and subsequent suicide. It would have been nice to mention the latter if only to clear Murdoch's name. I also felt it was very fair to Ismay, who I have always felt rather sorry for.
I found the lead-up to the sinking fascinating. The author works well to build up the society of 1912 and the history. He writes factually but the book has the pull of fiction and works well on both levels.
The sinking of Titanic is romanticised as a huge tragedy but this book (which I hugely recommend) brings to life not only the society of 1912, the people on the ship and Titanic herself, but the true horror of the event. It was heartbreaking reading, but I do feel it's important reading because that horror is sometimes forgotten.