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Extra Titanic: The Story of the Disaster in the Newspapers of the Day
Extra Titanic: The Story of the Disaster in the Newspapers of the Day
von Eric Caren
  Gebundene Ausgabe

2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great content, questionable layout..., 31. Juli 2000
For the "aftermath people" such as myself...and anyone else interested in eyewitness accounts of the Titanic disaster...the content of Extra Titanic is a gold mine of fascinating information. The book captures the attitudes as well as the actual information of the time immediately after the disaster, and is worth many re-readings. Unfortunately, its unwieldy size makes it difficult to carry, and the fact that the content is nothing but shrunken versions of the original pages makes the miniscule text impossible to read without a magnifying glass. If you have a big desk and magnifier, though, it is a worthy purchase. (Whose idea was that title, though, anyway? "I'll have a pizza with pepperoni and Extra Titanic...")


The Titanic Murders
The Titanic Murders
von Max Allan Collins
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Detail-dropping hurts a decent mystery, 4. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Titanic Murders (Taschenbuch)
At first it seems promising- a Titanic novel with real characters, and it's not a romance either. These are both very, very rare things in this field, so despite the title I awaited The Titanic Murders with eagerness. Once I actually read it, though, I found myself disappointed. It is researched carefully, with a great attention to detail, but the use of said details is probably its greatest fault. Collins drops details the way another person would drop names- he can't seem to resist the urge to toss every possible character, incident and reference from the Titanic into his story, and they aren't that well-integrated either. The effect, rather than one of refreshing reality, ends up being more irritating than anything else. Another issue was that, given Collins' care in having every character be a real person, he did not seem to bother to learn much about the real personalities of some. His vastly out-of-character version of J. Bruce Ismay is not only absolutely nothing like the man, it's not even much like the stereotypes of him from later Titanic movies and literature. He seems to have made this beyond-arrogant, aggressive and tricky-minded person of which he writes up out of whole cloth. At least he got the physical description perfectly (the 6'4" Ismay has been turned into a short man in Titanic novels before) as well as a few aspects and habits (the nervous smile) that were fact-based. Most of the rest of the cast (except Futrelle himself, about whom I don't know enough to judge) also struck me as slightly stereotyped. I do have to commend Collins on his writing of the mystery story itself and on the characterization of his star. His research, though I didn't like the way it was applied, was stunning and made this possibly the most factual fictional Titanic. The reader can tell that Collins is a Titanic historian himself and knows a good amount about Futrelle. I'm not saying don't buy this book by any means; the personal annoyance I felt at it will certainly not be felt by everyone.


The Titanic Story: Hard Choices, Dangerous Decisions
The Titanic Story: Hard Choices, Dangerous Decisions
von Stephen Cox
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,77

3.0 von 5 Sternen Good points, poorly organized, 4. Mai 2000
A Titanic historian expresses an opinion. It happens every day. On mailing lists, in conversation with other historians, on the street while going to work...I myself do it often. The only difference between this book and an ordinary (if very long and well-written) post on a Titanic newsgroup or list is that this was published. It contains no new research; it concerns itself almost entirely with the author's opinions on the reasons why Titanic historians have their interest, the moral issues surrounding the disaster, and other subjects related to the famous ship. (For most of the book he uses a discussion of White Star chairman Bruce Ismay as an example for his arguments; you could fairly say that it's the second book written about Ismay.) Don't misunderstand me, all of this is definately a good thing and a fresh look. I found myself nodding along with Mr. Cox for most of the book, especially his discussion of Mr. Ismay's vilification and reduction to a symbol in Titanic film and literature (a favorite ranting subject of mine). But in the end, it could have benefited from better organization -the non-Ismay material seems pretty random- and from a set of coherent conclusions at the end. After discussing Ismay for most of a book, I expected some sort of final tieup as to just what Cox thinks of him other than a vague and general sympathy.


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