Advice on best Titanic book?


Arun Vajpey

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Sinking the Myths is bad, a lot of made up claims and untruths.
I think "bad" is an understatement. The author has presented her moronic ideas in the form of pseudo-research. Very misleading and completely worthless.

For those who are technically minded and interested in the logistics of the flooding and sinking, the excellent Report into the Loss of SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal by Samuel Halpern is a virtual bible. Very highly recommended.
 

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On A Sea Of Glass by Leyton et al is by some distance the best book as far as the disaster itself is concerned.
Exceptional analysis of the whole event, from the moment the ships were conceived, until the last debris fluttered to the ocean bed. Many photos never seen before, and while many are duplicated, each tells something of detail about the ship. My overall impression is, you can smell not only the varnish and paint, but the wax on the promenade deck wood. Smaller than cruise ships of today, "Titanic" was huge in terms of North Atlantic liners of her day.
To look up for the ocean surface and witness this hull looming above you, must have been a feeling of how small a person is compared to his creations, and how small the ship is compared to the sea.
"On A Sea of Glass" is the book.
 

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As Adam already stated it depends on what you are interested. Regarding survivor accounts, I would recommend the book "On Board RMS Titanic" by George Behe which contains many accounts from newspapers and private letters.
Beside the book Adam mentioned "On A Sea of Glass" is also good from what I have heard and would be more up to date as ANTR. Report into the loss of the SS Titanic by Samuel Halpern and others is also great but did not go very much in detail regarding survivor accounts.

If you are interested in the construction I would recommend "Titanic The Ship Magnificent" by Steve Hall, Bruce Beverbridge, Scott Andrews, Daniel Klistorner & Art Braunschweiger. Volume 1 is about the Technical Details and Volume 2 about the interior.

If you also like something of the kind photo book then I would recommend "Titanic in Photographs" by Steve Hall and Daniel Klistorner. If you like the story of the Olympic Class Ships then the books of Mark Chirnside will be of konut kredisi great help!
good answer
 

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I get a little fed up with ANTR being regarded as outdated.Yes Lord's description of the sinking from technical standpoints may be, but the human emotion is not. The dialogue in this book is all taken from the survivors themselves and what they experienced. Still makes a great read.
 
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ANTR is a true classic, but it only covers April 14 and 15. On a Sea of Glass covers the whole Titanic story from the conception of the Olympic class to the present day. If I was stranded in a lifeboat with only one Titanic book, it'd be On a Sea of Glass. Calling Report into the Loss of SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal a virtual bible is, I think, an apt description, in that it's a book that you can turn to for authoritative information. It's not a page-turner, but it's an invaluable reference work on the sinking. It complements the two-volume Titanic: The Ship Magnificent, which does not touch on the sinking at all but discusses every known detail of the ship.
 
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Perfect post. ANTR is well written from a survivor's perspective but as we are looking at facts, it does come across as dated and rather short on detail. It was written for basic Titanic enthusiasts but for those who want to look into minute-by-minute analysis (eg Where was Bo'sun Nichols at 01:30 hours? etc) like a lot of forum members here like to discuss, it is out of its depth. And it does not mention much about the ship before the accident.

Titanic: The Ship Magnificent
is the best book for construction details of the ship itself, before it set ail on its fateful maiden voyage. It helps to create a mental picture of what life could have been like for the 3 classes of passengers and the crew on board.

On A Sea Of Glass is the best book regarding the maiden voyage, passengers and the disaster itself, going into quite a lot of detail about the voyage, events leading up to the collision, how passengers and crew reacted to the situation etc.

Report into the Loss of SS Titanic is a step by step investigative analysis of events leading up to, during and immediate aftermath of the accident. A superb reference book, it should be read alongside Sam Halpern's related articles in ET's Resource section.
 
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In my opinion A Night To Remember is a must read for anyone interested in the Titanic. It is a bit outdated, having been published before the wreck was found and when it was accepted that the ship sank intact, but it's a good overview of that night. It's a pretty short book, and I thought easy to read.

I haven't read it cover to cover, but Titanic Ships, Titanic Disasters: An Analysis of Early Cunard and White Star Superliners by William Garzke Jr is an interesting book. It's a very in depth naval architectural look at the Titanic, Lusitania, and Britannic, and it's published by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

I've been poking around in the 1912 US Senate hearings transcript, and thinking about actually reading that one cover-to-cover, along with The Mammoth Book of the Titanic by Geoff Tibballs.
 

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ANTR remains a very good primer for a beginner wanting to know the bare essentials of the disaster. I lent mine to a curious friend just the other week.

However in terms of it being "the" book, it was well and truly eclipsed years ago by Eaton & Haas "Triumph & Tragedy" and Lynch & Marshall's "An Illustrated History". And now we have "On A Sea of Glass" by Fitch, Kent Layton and Wormstedt which will be our gold standard for many years to come.

Three to read are:

Michael Davie's underappreciated "Titanic: Death and Life of a Legend", a very well balanced analyses of some controversial aspects of the disaster.

Richard Davenport-Hines "Titanic Lives" focuses on the people aboard rather than the ship. It looks at the social and economic background of the passengers and crew and considers the age they lived, worked and died in. It does have a couple of annoying minor errors but is otherwise good.

George Behe's invaluable "On Board RMS Titanic: Memories of the Maiden Voyage" a huge compilation of letters, diaries, postcards sent by passengers and crew aboard the ship both before and after the sinking is essential reading.
 

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ANTR remains a very good primer for a beginner wanting to know the bare essentials of the disaster. I lent mine to a curious friend just the other week.

However in terms of it being "the" book, it was well and truly eclipsed years ago by Eaton & Haas "Triumph & Tragedy" and Lynch & Marshall's "An Illustrated History". And now we have "On A Sea of Glass" by Fitch, Kent Layton and Wormstedt which will be our gold standard for many years to come.
I just meant ANTR as a good one to start with. "Titanic: An Illustrated History" was the first Titanic book I ever got that was not written for children, although I still was a child when I got it. I do look forward to reading "Triumph & Tragedy", it should be ready to pick up from the local library today actually. The library doesn't have "On A Sea of Glass" and so I may sneak it into my wife's Cyber Monday shopping on Amazon.
 
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Titanic: An Illustrated History. Thats a good book. One that I thumb thru often. But there are many good books on Titanic...some not so good. It probably should be divided into seperate catagories...technical or the human tradgedy aspect. Kind of like asking what's the best motor oil...ask 10 different mechanics get 10 different answers. I have a copy of "The sinking of Titanic and other Sea Disasters". Its full of mistakes, incorrect assumptions and other flaws but being published in 1912 I like it as an historical novelty. But if someone was to ask me that they wanted to learn about the Titanic story I would agree with many of the posters here that ANTR is a good place to start and go from there. To those of us here in the US Happy Thankgiving everybody.
 

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And now we have "On A Sea of Glass" by Fitch, Kent Layton and Wormstedt which will be our gold standard for many years to come.

My copy of "On a Sea of Glass" finally came yesterday (I ordered it on Amazon on Cyber Monday and it finally just arrived yesterday). Looking through it, it already looks like one of the best, if not the best, books about the Titanic that I have ever seen in my life.
 

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Aye, On A Sea of Glass is undoubtedly the best book we have ever had available on the subject.

It will likely be the No. 1 text on the ship and the sinking for the twenty or thirty years.

If you are keen to examine a variety of specific technical issues regarding the sinking and see the numbers crunched then I'd also recommend getting Sam Halpern and Co's Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic. Apologies if you already have it.
 

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It depends on your point of view what you are looking for?
All the above books are good ones. I would also added, Paul Lee The Titanic and the Indifferent Stranger to. As for more on technology information I would recommend: Richard P. de Kerbrech and Mark Chirnside books.
 

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