Ok, so it’s a long title.. but it says it all really! Many people have a fascination with the fateful sinking of the Titanic, and there are many stories and myths told.
As Tim explains in his foreword, the sinking triggered the first global media storm, with The New York Times devoting it’s first twelve pages to it. There were also survivors ready to tell their stories, but each only saw their own small piece of the complete picture, and the press attempted to fill the gaps as sensationally as possible.. creating many of the myths which still exist today.
Tim has taken 101 theories about the ship, it’s passengers, and their fate, and he studied each one. He tries to use eye witness accounts, many from the official hearings, and the original question numbers are used, for those who wish to research further.
I wouldn’t suggest this book to someone as an introduction to the Titanic, as there are probably books which do that a little better. This is a book of text and quotes, and there are no illustrations. However, it’s a great addition to the bookshelf of someone with an interest. I have learnt new things, and have questioned others – and the format is reassuring when you have a dislike of sensational reporting.
If you’re ready to question what you thought you knew about the Titanic, this is a highly recommended addition to your collection.