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Lost Voices from the Titanic: The Definitive Oral History

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On April 15, 1912, the HMS Titanic sank, killing 1,517 people and leaving the rest clinging to debris in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic awaiting rescue. Here, historian Nick Barratt tells the ship's full story, starting from its original conception and design by owners and naval architects at the White Star Line through its construction at the shipyards in Belfast ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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May 15, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, everyone gets so involved in the movie ‘history’ that they don’t bother to read anything else, or other people get it wrong. But reading the actual statements from survivors is outstanding.

Things I learned:

Everything about what Captain Smith was doing is questionable. Some crew say he pressed the ship on at almost full speed and ignored ice warnings. Some say he told everyone to be extra vigilant and to slow down. After they hit the iceberg, some passengers say they saw Smith swan div
Saturday's Child
Jan 24, 2010 Saturday's Child rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well reserched account of the Titanic story brought to life by the letters and voice recordings of not just those people who built the ship, but those who sailed on it and survived its sinking. Added to these voices are those of the people who searched for the survivors and the victims.

This is book is not just for the Titanic enthusiasts but also for those who enjoy reading about historical peiods of time and the lives of people who lived during them, from the "working class" to the "upper cl
Rachael Hewison
Jun 01, 2016 Rachael Hewison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-titanic
It's been a while since I've read a Titanic book and I came across this one that I'd not read before. I loved the introduction chapter and it hooked me completely. That's until we got to the construction section- I found it incredibly hard to keep focus when it just listed dimensions and numbers and facts and I really thought that this might be the first Titanic book that doesn't keep a place on my book shelf.
However once we got to Titanic's actual journey and Barratt started including letters
Julie Bihn
There are some very moving accounts here--I especially appreciated the letters from a worker on the Titanic and the tender love letters (!!!) from Bruce Ismay's wife.

On the other hand, at times the commentary distracted me. At, Deborah Hopkinson outlines the issue that bothered me the most--basically, a crew member says that the Carpathia left behind victims who were still alive because weeks later, bodies were found in a lifeboat. If I recall correctly,
Dec 30, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked this up at the library because I'm just fascinated with Titanic and the people of that time. This book does a great job of including contemporary accounts by survivors and newspaper articles from the time that describe the building of the ship and the aftermath. I had never read some of those accounts before and didn't realize how different some of them were. (Barratt notes that not all of the accounts match, which is to be expected because of the traumatizing nature of the accident and ...more
Nov 30, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider myself a Titanic enthusiast. Even before the movie came out when I was 14, there was something about the ill-fated ship that fascinated me. I think it is the irony behind it, as well as putting it into perspective. Times were so different in 1912. 1912 was still a year before my grandfather's birth in 1913. He has been gone for 7 years, and died at the age of 90. Living in the age of technology, the possibility of not being rescued in this situation is almost foreign to me. If this tr ...more
Julia Hughes
Sep 20, 2011 Julia Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the second half of my own book concerns the Titanic, research demanded I visit several websites and purchase several books to read up on the subject. (Yes I went there!) This book was one of many. As the title indicates, this is a collection of survivors' memoirs. Since the ship's final resting place has now been located, experts have been able to confirm that many are amazingly accurate. Records photographs and a timeline of events combine to make this work one of the definitive records of w ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Hila rated it really liked it
Author Nick Barratt compiles various writings, from newspaper articles to first-hand accounts, about the Titanic, beginning with the initial idea to build her and her sister ships Olympic and Britanic (originally to be named Gigantic). From the inception of her construction to the final tragic moments when she sunk beneath the calm sea of the Atlantic, Mr. Barratt provides a detailed account of the ship's short and ill-fated life.

Although dry in some parts (particularly in the first part about
Gennifer Miller
He didn't check his facts very well. That picture of Captain Smith and (supposedly) Titanic's other officers is actually Captain Smith and the officers of another ship he was Captain for, I THINK it was the Olympic. Other than him, there was only one other name that was on both ships, all the other names should have been different. And he claimed none of the children in first or second class died but Helen Lorraine Alison died because her nurse (who had her baby brother Trevor, both survived bec ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was more than a little dry.


(you know, cause there's a lot of water in this book.)

(I am going to hell.)

I found the first-person narratives of the final 12 hours of the ship to be striking. Also, the reports of Murdoch committing suicide were extremely surprising... seeing as how Walter Lord never touched upon it. I honestly thought that was just a story arc in the 1997 film.

The thing that still gets me is the breaking of the ship. How could they not hear it? A ship tha
Northshire Bookstore
The world has been deluged with enough accounts of the Titanic tragedy to sink the ship without help from an iceberg. This book, however, is a particularly revealing one, incorporating many first-hand accounts by survivors into the story of the doomed ocean liner. -- Alden G.
Jun 08, 2011 Lexy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even finish this. Well, I'm sure I could have if I really tried hard enough, but it really just isn't worth my time. I hope I can find a better book on the Titanic, because the subject truly is quite fascinating.
Katharine Holden
Excellent collection of primary-source documents, including accounts and letters written by survivors to family and to charities. This book offers details I've never read elsewhere.
Jul 08, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book that dealt with the firsthand accounts of the Titanic disaster. If there is any deeper interest into the event, I would recommend this book.
Jul 03, 2010 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure
Fasinating to the end and busting with knowledge about the ill-fated ship, yet certain parts of the text are somewhat dry. Even so, it was a pleasure to read.
Kazimiera pendrey
it was alright not the best book i have read about the titanic but it is still worth a read for anyone who has an interest in this subject
May 12, 2011 Lex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Read my short review here:
Diana Schie
Alot of information about the building of the ship,the people who bilt it etc.
Amy Perry
Apr 26, 2012 Amy Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting...there are no other words.
Jude Brigley
Feb 14, 2012 Jude Brigley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting
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