Titanic: (Accompanies the Channel 4 TV series Titanic: The Mission) Hardcover – 28 Oct 2010
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The fascinating story of Titanic's construction, accompanying a 5-hour Channel 4 documentary series.
About the Author
Anton Gill is a historian and writer whose previous titles include a critically acclaimed biography of Peggy Guggenheim: Art Lover, a brilliant account of The Great Escape and a companion to the television series Who Do You Think You Are?.
Top Customer Reviews
The Channel 4 series is something I never saw and judging by the rushed last chapter (which is the only part which seems to relate to that) I don't feel I missed anything. Rebuilding small parts by just 4 engineers seems a waste of time or perhaps just an interest which they themselves would get satisfaction out of. Hardly material for a book you would want to read again I would say (unlike the other far more interesting chapters about the ship itself). It seems to me this last chapter was only included to link this book to the series and therefore probably sell more copies. Perhaps a bit cheeky and unnecessary really.
A few other annoyances I found with several claims the writer makes, such as he points out "Nearer My God to Thee" was probably not performed by the band during the sinking. It is fine to claim this but there is very little discussion or evidence to back up such statements. It would be more interesting to discuss this I think and try to find out where those claims then came from. But perhaps it is a trigger for a more devoted enthusiast to keep digging which is what I intend to do.
Not much here on the sinking, so you if you are looking for more stories relating to that I would suggest you would look elsewhere.
However this seems like a great book to start a Titanic interest with I would say and there is lots of information on the ship's build and the White Star Line.
It is easy to forget that the construction of the Titanic and the Olympic Class of passenger liners was an engineering feat of enormous endevour at the time and Titanic broke many world records. This book focuses purely on the construction and fitting out of the Titanic and does not delve into the disaster that befell it. Therefore, you get a completely fresh look at the Titanic without another monologue on the disaster with the usual theories of its sinking!
I have never read a book on engineering or ship construction before, but found this book entirely riveting, no pun intended. There were a couple of sections where the author got a little carried away and the technical detail got a little too geeky!
This book states that it accompanies the recent Channel 4 series 'Titanic the mission" and this did initially put me off as most of these types of books just regurgitate the TV series with lots of glossy pictures. Much to my surprise, all references to the Channel 4 series are resticted entirely to the final chapter, which if you've watched the series you don't really need to read!
We watched the series on TV and thought it was awesome, looked everywhere to see if a DVD was on offer, sadly NO! but the book is exceptionally great, tells the full story of the famous "Titanic" and is a must, but the DVD would have been great alongside with the book.
Can't understand there are so many great progs that never get to DVD, and some really rubbish ones do??
Must give gratitude to "The Team" Yewande, Brendan, Luke, and Dave. what a fab job they all did. They also made it all so interesting to watch.
So people "Buy the book" it is great!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly fascinating book, with lots of historical photos of construction, as well as many interesting facts. Very good for those interested, and easy to read as well.Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by TonyN
An utterly brilliant read from start to finish! This just shows Anton's superb talents in writing! I definatley would suggest this to anyone!Published on 1 April 2012 by 1reader
A well written and factual story of the life and death of the Titanic. A very well researched book. Anton Gill at his best.Published on 26 Mar. 2012 by DickieDMR
1905026714 Titanic: (Accompanies the Channel 4 TV series Titanic: The Mission): The Real Story Of The Construction Of The World's Most Famous Ship]]If you have books on the titanic... Read morePublished on 11 May 2011 by titanic 12
I brought this for my brother who's a BIG Titanic Buff among other famous and non-famous liners and warships. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2010 by Scorpio721
It is easy to forget the construction of the Olympic Class liners.
This book contains so many interesting facts on Titanic herself. Read more
an excellant book to accompany the series,plenty of information on the history behind the Titanic as well as the Ship herselfPublished on 30 Nov. 2010 by towellybabe
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