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101 Things You Thought You Knew about the Titanic . . . Butdidn't!

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April 15th, 2012, will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the "Titanic."
People have an endless fascination with the "Titanic," yet much of what they know today is a mixture of fact and fiction. In one hundred and one brief and engaging chapters, Tim Maltin, one of the foremost experts on the Titanic, reveals the truth behind the most common beliefs about the ship
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Penguin Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst tragedies in modern history, evidenced by the fact that, as a whole, we're still salivating over it 100 years later. We're still eager for information about it, we want to know the people, we still want to learn things we didn't know, and for some god awful reason, we want 1996's Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet released in 3D. Apparently there isn't a god.

But that's besides the point. As a crazy Titanic enthusiast myself, having
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a very enjoyable reading experience.

I am not a fanatic Titanic watcher, so many of the 101 things... I had never heard of. This will doubtless cause confusion later as I try to remember if the various facts were real or debunking. In any case, you do not have to be too deeply into the Titanic (sorry for the horrible pun but I could not resist) to enjoy this book. Anyone with a little interest in the Titanic, history, Maritime disasters or even none of the above should find something to
Allizabeth Collins

101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic... But Didn't!, was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. It contains exactly what the title promises, 101 little known facts about the Titanic, its passengers, and the fateful night that it sank into the frigid sea.


I, like a billion other people on planet earth, have watched the fictional James Cameron version of The Titanic more times than I'd like to admit. The ship,
[This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review].

I was going to leave reading this book until closer to the 100th anniversary of the sinking, but couldn’t resist for more than a day or two after being given access to the galley.

This book does exactly what it says on the tin – sheds light on 101 stories or myths about the Titanic and its sinking. A surprising number of these ‘myths’ turned out to be true, or at least based quite heavily on truth.

Both a strength and a
C.C. Thomas
May 06, 2012 C.C. Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I've been reading a lot of Titanic books this year due to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that great ship so the title of this one really intrigued me. Can there really be 101 things still unpublished, 101 things I still not might know? Turns out, there can. Well, close to 101 if not that exact number!

Keep in mind I am in no way a Titanic scholar but just a casual reader. Even so , many of the myths in this book were well-known to me. A serious Titanic-phile would probably know most of t
Jun 12, 2012 Misty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic... But Didn't!” was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. It contains exactly what the title says, 101 unknown facts about the Titanic, the passengers, and its sinking.
I have always been fascinated with anything surrounding that fateful voyage. This book did not disappoint. It is clear that the authors did their research. It is full of new and interesting facts that are not common knowled
An informative look at the many myths that surround the sinking of the Titanic. I will admit to the many eyewitness testimonies becoming a bit tedious to read by the end; but never-the-less some very interesting reading. I'm not as well versed in all things Titanic like some other readers might be but I have discovered different opinions in each book I pick up; so I've found the truth even harder to discover.
Nov 01, 2011 Clementine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history, 2011
Titanic expert Tim Maltin tackles the myths and legends surrounding one of history’s most famous doomed ships in this new book. Methodically moving from the ship’s construction and launch to its notorious sinking, Maltin tackles the biggest stories about the big ship and tells readers what the real story was. History buffs and fans of shipwrecks should take note: this book is detailed, compelling, and accessible.

Obviously this book is going to find a readership in hardcore Titanic fans. This cou
Teri Kelly
Wakefield Press (Australia) Version 2011
101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic . . . But Didn't!

I thought everyone knew that the Titanic's fourth funnel was merely a ventilation shaft and thus never smoked – yet we still keep seeing that ubiquitousTitanic picture with all four funnels merrily puffing away. Well okay, here we go again, off on the most re-lived maiden voyage of all time. This time we are in search of the facts rather than the hearsay or the myth, though to be quite hone
Sarah Sammis
May 09, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
April 15, 2012 marked the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic ... but Didn't! by Tim Maltin takes a new look at the events before, during and after and pulls apart the legend that has grown up around the sinking.

While 101 Things... doesn't take sides on whether or not the sinking should have been avoided. Instead, it takes a more neutral stance. If not the Titanic, then some other ship of similar size would have been the one to s
Sandra "Jeanz"

Please note; This cover is from a previous addition of the book, there is a new addition due 29/11/11 Blurb is taken from Goodreads and added to from Netgalley Information.

The sinking of the Titanic has long aroused debate, mysticiation and disagreement. This book presents the facts behind the fictions.
Ever since that night, fact has merged with fiction about what really happened. Now, for the first time, Titanic expert and author Tim Maltin gathers together all the key elements surrounding the
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
A few months ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of going to the Titanic Museum in Branson. Not too long after did I receive this book for review. I don't think the fascination of this event will ever get lost in history. If you have any interest in historical elaboration or this specific event in general, then this book is definitely for you. It is full of information and they even include interviews with Titanic survivors themselves, including crew members who had behind-the-scenes details ...more
May 02, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Titanic enthusiasts
(I received this as an ARC from netgalley.)

The book is exactly what it says it is. A list of 101 "myths" about the Titanic and explanations for how true (or not) they are.

My only gripe about this book is it relies much too heavily on the actual deposition transcriptions. (They can be found at
It's not to say they aren't interesting and none of them should have been included. Several of the first hand accounts added to the atmosphere and put things in new light. My personal f
Jessica Meigs
Mar 24, 2012 Jessica Meigs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, but despite all the years that have passed since it plunged to the Atlantic's sea floor, taking over 1,500 lives with it, myths and stories and misconceptions have continued to make their rounds. And in the midst of all the floods of books that came out to mark the anniversary, Tim Maltin's 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic...but Didn't! emerged as an excellent example of how to correct the storyline the ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting!

101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic -- the "things" are given in question form and the answers are never simple yes or no.

Questions are divided into sections: The Ship, Omens, Maiden Voyage, Passengers, "Iceberg, right ahead!", Collision, SOS, The Californian Incident, Women and Children First, Final Moments, Rescue, Statistics and Aftermath

This well-researched book provided a lot of interesting information, a little of which I knew and some I assumed. For a lot o
Jan 16, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a Titanic fanatic. I love to look at the old photos and watch all the different movies and documentaries out there. So when I saw this book being offered on NetGalley, I couldn't resist picking it up!
This title did not disappoint! I loved the straightforward method that Tim Maltin used of basically asking a question and answering it. From question 1 to question 101, I was hooked!

This book taught me so much I either didn't know or was completely wrong about when it came to the
I bought this book to add to the many other Titanic books I own, thinking it would be a good addition, and there was bound to be some new information that I hadn't previously read.

Wrong. Most of the information was repeated straight from the British/American enquiries after the disaster. Yes I did find out some interesting things, but I always knew they weren't true. Such as that the Titanic was sunk by a mummy's curse and a Titanic worker being sealed inside the Titanic. Stuff like this is seri
37. That's how many things I DID know about the Titanic. :-) Actually, there was technically more that I knew, but that was part of the information to help answer/support answers to some of the questions and not the questions themselves. Well-researched and interesting facts. Nice to see some of the myths that have hung around be addressed, especially as this is the second source I've seen refute some of those myths. Some answers may never be able be verified in this world, but at least I know t ...more
Danielle Jones
May 04, 2015 Danielle Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in no time at all, which is very very rare for me! I became interested in particular details of the disaster after watching several documentaries about the sinking of the ship, and this book was very helpful in identifying the myth and truth surrounding the stories that one hears. The layout is logical and nice to read, as it is set out in chapters, starting with the construction, then onto passengers, hitting the iceberg, the sinking, and the aftermath. Clearly the author knows ...more
Hoover Library Nonfiction
Even though it sank over a hundred years ago, it's lingering tail lives on along with a collection of odd factoids that are proven/disproven in the pages of this book.
Alyssa (The Shady Glade)
Oh my, what a fantastic book! Normally I'm not a fan of non-fiction, but as this was about the Titanic (one of my favorite subjects) and it was on NetGalley, I figured I'd give it a shot. Wow! I totally got more than I bargained for. I'd read books about the Titanic before, but this one went way more in depth than anything I've ever read. I loved the format, answering questions about the Titanic in a true/false way. Maltin goes to great pains to research the answers to the questions he poses, wi ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
I consider myself reasonably well-versed in Titanic lore, having done a huge research project on the ship and its sinking when I was in middle school. But that was rather long ago, and there has been more research on the tragedy since, so I was glad to get a chance to read this book. Some of the 101 things I really did know from my research, but others, backed by first-hand accounts from survivors, were totally new to me, and it was fascinating to read more about this horrible event. With 100th ...more
Picked up almost a joke because... well, at this point I've read close to thirty books about the sinking. It's my passion. I took the 'thought you knew' bit of the title as a personal challenge. So this book does it's job - describes the facts surrounding the historical event in an encyclopedic way. I appreciated Maltin's reliance on the court testimony (even though he's a bit too trusting in terms of potential bias of witnesses.) But yeah, despite the lack of deep analysis, and that one questio ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me
101 Things I didn't really want to know

It was the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic ... and I thought there might be some interesting trivia ... but this was one for Titanic philes ... a lot of humdrum information with excerpts from the inquiries. And maybe giving it the cutesy title meant that he had to think up 101 things so there was a bit of repetition that didn't add anything to the interest level.

The good thing about it was that the information was arranged under bold he
Donald Armfield
First off I would like to thank. Penguin Group in affiliated with
As a fan of James Cameron's movie Titanic this was a must read for me. Very interesting facts dropped by Tim Maltin in this book. The interviews with surviving crew members and passengers gets a little on the yawn side. Questions asked that interest me was.
Did the band play til boat sunk. YES! Which was confirmed by a survivor. A nurse who survived not just from Titanic but also its two sister ships. The Olympic &
Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
I won this book - as I recall - for answering a trivia question on twitter about the Titanic.

It's actually a very enjoyable book. A few of the facts I did know, but many I didn't. Ismay really wasn't as bad as all that. A great proportion of the dead weren't from steerage. The band may not have been playing "Nearer My God To Thee" as she went down. And many, many other factoids.

The author uses different sources, among them the actual transcripts of the two different inquiries into the accident.
Jun 23, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Amazon
Shelves: non-fiction
The book draws on eyewitness accounts and evidence from the British and American enquiries after the sinking to address common assumptions, myths as well as facts and statistics about the Titanic disaster. Each point is addressed over a page or two to give quick concise descriptions. Really interesting and informative if you've ever been intrigued about the Titanic.

It could have done with a bit closer proof-reading, sometimes there's a lack of spacing between words or a space too many, even on
Jan 13, 2013 Chrizette rated it liked it
All things Titanic have always interested me. I have watched countless documentaries, read a lot of books and even watched all the movies :) Having said that, I am not a Titanic expert. I am more of a casual Titanic trivia lover.

This book was something different though. Yes, there are all the facts and trivia we already know but there are also quotes from survivors, detailed transcripts of the official inquiries (which was not impartial at all in my view) and some fun mentions of the myths surro
Oct 04, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: titanic, nonfiction
This was so much fun to read! Being a huge Titanic buff, I knew a lot of this already, but there were several myths I had never heard of that surprised me. (People actually believed a mummy's curse sunk the ship?!?)

I also really appreciated the excerpts from the real White Star Line investigation, as it was fascinating to see what people said when interrogated. It's still interesting to me that so many witnesses said she broke in half, but because just one crew member (Lightoller) said she didn
Feb 06, 2017 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very in depth and emotional book
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