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Titanic (Titanic Landmark Series)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  360 ratings  ·  28 reviews
This was one of the first books to appear after the sinking of the Titanic, published just 37 days after the disaster, and despite the haste it is one of the most stylish and well-written of the early works. Its author, Filson Young, was a respected journalist who had already used his columns in the London Saturday Review and the Pall Mall Gazette to call for better safety ...more
Published April 27th 2012 by Tales End Press (first published 1912)
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If you're going to read a book on the sinking of the Titanic, it might as well be this one. An almost contemporary account, it's a fascinating read. Filson knows his stuff, takes us on a journey from the ship's beginnings, which he speaks of in an almost lyrical, poetic prose, to the life of passengers on board, to its final demise. It's matter of fact sprinkled with colour and must have been hugely eye-opening to read just 5 weeks after the ship went down, a fine mixture of a journalist's eye f ...more

This book was written right after the Titanic disaster and gives more details and information than I have found elsewhere. My Grandma and I used to read books and watch everything we could about the Titanic, she would have devoured this book, as I did.
Dec 29, 2013 Ashlee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is a beautifully written contemporary account of the Titanic and her passengers. The author does an excellent job of making the events come alive for the reader. I felt like I was there experiencing it for myself. I have read many many books on the Titanic over the years, (it's been an interest of mine for the last 16 years or so), and I was amazed to find so much information in this book that has continued to be passed on in many other books and movies up to the present day.

Although t
I don't really think there is much I can say about this book.

It is a non-fiction account of the Titanic's maiden voyage, with imagined elements mixed in (such as the emotions 'our traveller' would feel). There's nothing really new in this book, nothing other than a basic account of what happened.

I can't say I was disappointed by this book, because there were a few interesting facts (such as how close some of the other boats who didn't come to help were) as well as the statistics at the end. How
Sean Kennedy
This book is interesting as a historical document, being published the same year as the actual sinking of the Titanic. Unfortunately it also seems to be the precursor to many of the urban legends that have built up around the tragic voyage and contains detail that has since been disproven (such as the fact that the Titanic split above the water rather than sinking in one piece).

This doesn't dampen your enjoyment of the text, as it is a reflection of its time. What did annoy me, however, was the
Loved it. So immediate as if you were really there. Saw the Titanic artifact exhibit in Victoria & Vegas so learning more of the details so soon after the tragedy allowed you to be immersed in that time period. I especially was struck by the men in the Marconi room and the "stokers" who continued right up to the end. And then to contrast this tragedy with the Carnivale cruise ship incident in the Gulf of Mexico, it's almost as if big ship builders can't ever get it right. Think I'll stick to ...more
An important book written contemporaneously with the actual event. Poignant and understated but undeniably carrying the import and impact of 1,503 souls silenced and what faced the 700 odd survivors. Rich and poor drowned alongside each other or sat "cheek by jowl" next to each other in the lifeboats. Not only was this book the first written about that cold Mid-Atlantic night in April, it is one of the best without fictionalized details padding the story for dramatic effect or fleshing out the s ...more
Teena Evans
This traumatising event that was written so soon after it occurred has a brilliance that is lacking in the memoirs of today.

His description of the events, the Titanic, the sinking and the utter devastation suffered is unbelieveable. Never have I read something so moving.

Anyone that has the slightest interest in the Titanic will adore this encounter. It should be on the list of the best Titanic accounts, even if his story differs from what we know to be true with regards to the boats end.

His wr
Amanda Kai
The details this books bring on the tragic ship are amazing. I saw myself walking the desk, dining, sleep, and exercising with the other patrons on board. At first I thought it'd be a story but really learning about the ship was interesting.
The first book written about the loss of the R.M.S. Titanic, Filson Young’s Titanic is an incredibly captivating look at the ship that was thought unsinkable. A journalist, Young’s writing is extraordinarily descriptive and colorful, creating some remarkably evocative images of Titanic and her voyage across the Atlantic. However, it’s a little scarce on facts and reads more like myth. Part of this is due to the inclusion of some fantastical stories that later proved to be untrue (such as Captain ...more
Maura Rademacher
When I first read it, I thought it was going to another nonfiction about the Titanic. But, it was actually way better than I thought. I learned so many things that I didn't even know before. And, it was a very detailed book. I also like it because it was written very shortly after the disaster so it most likely was more accurate about the event. And because it has more accurate facts, if you were to report on the Titanic, I highly suggest using this book as a source. I highly recommend this book ...more
This is a fascinating and poignant retelling of a tragic story. Filson Young is a skilful writer who describes the events with knowledge, tact and a delicate hand. He does not write with the aim to make the reader cry, yet, neither does he fill his text with a prosaic representation of endless facts.

The chronology is slightly off at times, which is understandable when you consider that Filson is recounting many people’s experience of the tragedy. Through his beautiful, and almost poetic, descri
Amanda Gorry
This story really paints a picture of this tragic event. Written so close to when it actually happened the writer brings the sequence of events to live. It must have been a terrifying experience even for those on higher decks who felt at first it wasn't happening. Picturing those bewildered, injured and sad survivors walking on to shore in New York is enough to bring tears to the eyes. It is nice to note that the White Star rep who survived is more of a hero than portrayed in the film.
When reading this short yet informative book you have to remember when it was written - about a month after the ship sank - with that said, it is a great book, beautiful vocabulary and was most likely one of the first writings to detail the ship.

Reading it from a 2014 point of view, it was a little boring and sometimes felt to detailed, but I still appreciate the book for what it is.
For as long as I can remember the story of the Titanic has always been an interest to me, I first saw 'A Night To Remember' when I was around aged 11, I didn't fully understand how it happened but the magnitude of loss seemed to stay with me. From that moment on I seemed to interested to try and absorb as much information as I could about that dreadful night. I honestly have to say hands down this book is one of the best I have read, Filson Young observes the voyage and incident from different v ...more
Wow this book is really really makes me understand the history of titanic much better. I really felted like I was back in time and at the scene.This book really made me feel like I was on the ship too. It really made imagination go wild. And I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the history of the titanic.
“Still that same word, “unsinkable,” which had now indeed for the first time become a true one: for it is only when she lies at the bottom of the sea that any ship can be called unsinkable"
Shane Lengyel

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Douglas Cadagan
Very good book .but also very sad because we know it is true
David Nichols
Good luck if it.

It was horrible and hard
and it was boring
and I did not like it
so you need a better book.
Doreen Petersen
Just finished this book tonight. The reason I gave it only 2 stars was because of the author's opinion that the original findings in the Titanic sinking were correct and that Captain Smith was solely to blame for the disaster. I don't agree with this and as the book was written in England shortly after the Titanic sinking it no wonder the author felt so. Not much objectivity in my opinion.
Amy Vicary
As the first book to be written following the sinking, it is important to keep this in mind. Often it employs the sensationalist journalist accounts, and feeds the fire for many urban myths which were sparked upon the return of the survivors aboard the Carpathia. However, as a study of how society viewed the report, it is quite a fascinating read which should be taken with a grain of salt.
Kat Toft
I think I went in expecting more of a story. It was a very good history lesson, but not the read I was expecting
Brenda Martin
This is an older volume, but a very good account from a third person perspective. The concluding chapters raise some interesting moral and ethical questions and concerns.
A contemporary account of the well documented sinking of the Titanic, dispassionate in spite of its flowery language. An interesting slant on this story.
Took a while to get into with the statistics at the start but found it an interesting account from then on.
Larry Ouellette
Interesting read. Well written. Surprisingly detailed, given that it was written so soon after f he sinking.
Carol Gordon
I love all things Titanic. This is another great book.
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“for there were people on the Titanic who had so entrenched themselves behind ramparts of wealth and influence as to have wellnigh forgotten that, equally with the waif and the pauper, they were exposed to the caprice of destiny;” 0 likes
“For there is one thing that the designers of this sea-palace seem to have forgotten and seem to be a little ashamed of—and that is the sea itself. There it lies, an eternal prospect beyond these curtained windows, by far the most lovely and wonderful thing visible; but it seems to be forgotten there.” 0 likes
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