What was the first Titanic book you ever read


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Neil McRae

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Back around grade 3, we had an hour when someone read us a story in the library. One of the books was called "Le Titanic: Perdu et Retrouve" (Also available under the English title "The Titanic: Lost and Found")

At the time, having never heard of the Titanic, and seeing all these people swimming away from a sinking ship, I thought it was a story about survivors of a shipwreck findin refuge on a deserted island!

It was a very simple story but quite accurate.
 

Logan Geen

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Hey-that's exactly the first one I read! The only thing I can complain about is the way the Californian incident is described (I don't remember the operator calling again and again). Yes that book did indeed inspire my love for the Titanic. And I believe I was in 4th grade.
 

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I remember the lost and Found book! Although that wasn't the first I had. The first book I ever had was The Discovery of the Titanic by Ballard for my fourth Christmas. Today, the binding is desroyed, the dustjacket is in shreds and many pages are missing. There are even big X's drawn on the hull in some pictures where I thought the iceberg hit. Recently, I finally decided to read it but found it too incomplete to read, so I bought a new softcover one.

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Joshua Gulch

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I read "Lost and Found" a'many years ago, though I don't remember how accurate it was. If anything, I recall that the illustrations stood out in my mind...

My first Titanic book was Ballard's "Exploring the Titanic." It was 1991, when I was in the 5th grade. I got it through one of those school book-orders and it arrived the day of the Halloween party (pity those didn't carry on past elementary school). I got in trouble for reading the book instead in participating in the festivities!

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Charmaine Sia

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My first (and only) Titanic book that I read was Ballard's "The Discovery of the Titanic". I still remember where I bought the book at, and I spent the entire day going over it in detail.
 
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First book read re: Titanic?

A Night to Remember at age 9 in 1978.

I borrowed a copy from the library after being spellbound by having watched the movie on late night TV - along with my mother who cried and cried over the little boy and the old steward ("We'll soon find mummy. We'll find her..."). It still gets me.
 

Dan Cherry

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My interest in Titanic itself dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s (around which time I saw the 1953 Hollywood version of "Titanic". "A Night to Remember" 1976 edition was the first Titanic book I read, around 1985. Soon after came the Geoffery Marcus book "The Maiden Voyage", then "The Night Lives On" in 1986. My collection of Titanic books snowballed after that. I don't have all the Titanic books out there (just the pertinent ones), but the bookcase shelf where they're stored has permanently bowed (no kidding!)

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Tracy Smith

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My first book, as it was for most Titanic buffs of my age bracket, was "A Night to Remember", some time in the mid sixties. The next one was Peter Padfield's "Titanic and Californian", which my Dad gave me in 1968. Imagine that, a little Lordite at age 10.
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Ben Holme

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My first was Leo Marriott's "Titanic" four years ago. I still refer to it when researching my hazier area, namely the technical aspects. Good Californian chapter, too. Out of print now, unfortunately, or so I hear.

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Matthew Lips

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Hi all.
The first Titanic book I ever read was (surprise, surprise!), A Night To Remember. Is there an echo in here??

Oh yeah, he started something did Walter Lord.

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Matthew L.
 
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Robert W. Collier

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The first book I read regarding the Titanic, was Clive Cussler's book "Raise the Titanic". It was a short time later that I read "A Night to Remember", which was a beautiful, hard bound copy from my local library. It was the second printing of the book, which had nice pictures that the paperback copy sadly lacks. I recommend that if you happen across one of these early editions, grab it up quickly. I have picked up some nice early books at yard sales and swapmeet/flea markets.
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My first Titanic related material to read was the 1985 National Geographic.
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I should be done reading it by next week, and can't wait to find out the outcome! (Beat you to it, huh Behe!)
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My first Titanic book was Thomas E. Bonsall's "Titanic" fourteen and a half years ago when I was in grade five. I did a speech on the Titanic and I got all the information from that book, since it is very accurate.

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Jason
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Logan Geen

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I love Bonsall's book. It is one of the few that reminds us that the Titanic was only one of 3 ships, and really gives the credit that the Olympic class vessels deserve.
 
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Joanne Seiferlein

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My first book on TITANIC was the illustrated edition of "A Night to Remember", but the book which REALLY got me interested was Don Lyinch's
TITANIC: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY. I read it one night on night shift and well, that was all she wrote for me. It is five years on and my interest in TITANIC shows no signs of abating.
 
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My first book was Ballard's when I was about 13...I read it cover to cover, renewed it at the library, but strangely enough never bought it (perhaps because I had to keep the front cover of the book turned face down...and some of those wreck pictures, when I looked at them, I had to put a piece of paper over them...).

The second book I read on Titanic came after I left high school and the various troubles that hounded me there...God forbid, but it was Pellegrino's first one. I know, terrible, huh? And yet, this was the same book that introduced me to the human element of the disaster, the place where my heart feels most at home (the people, not the disaster). And if you've seen the front cover of the paperback, you know what the picture is on the front...my copy is covered in want ads, again because I can't stand to look at the picture. That's the same reason why you'll never see that one version of the "A Night to Remember" poster hanging on my wall...
 
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my first titanic book was the discovery of the titanic by dr robert ballard and it is so interesting to know how he gave up so much just to find her and i love the book because he tells about all the joys and the anguish of finding the titanic and i would recommend it to anyone who is a titanic buff and the second book is titanic an illistrated history by don lynch and with drawings and paintings by ken marschall and i would recommend it too jennifer mueller
 
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