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  1. says:

    Interest in the Titanic ebbs and flows like the tide Years ago, a new book on the subject only came out once and awhile Ship enthusiasts and researchers would run and buy it to devour what new knowledge may be contained within its pages The past thirty years or so, the amount of books on the subject has greatly multiplied, especially when the general public became interested due to its 1985 discovery, the artifact recovery and exhibits, and then Cameron s blockbuster film The increase in books meant that the bulk of the new publications were rehashed material bordering on plagiarism, poorly researched, and, in some cases, the author just made things up to make it interesting Luckily, there are still several excellent books to be had , but one must be careful to sort out the good ones from the bad ones The 100th anniversary may be the last big wave of interest and it will again quiet down to where people interested in ocean liners and Titanic are the only buyers.The product description would excite anyone interested in Titanic It claims the following, The dean of ocean liner historians uncovers fascinating and unknown aspects of this epic disaster This is a book unlike any other Rather than offering simply a detailed retelling of the Titanic sinking on her maiden voyage, John Maxtone Graham devotes his considerable knowledge and impeccable prose to a discussion of salient, provocative, and rarely investigated components of the story, including dramatic survivors accounts of the events of the fateful night, the role of newly in vented wireless telecommunication in the disaster, the construction and its ramifications at the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, and the dawn rendezvous with the rescue ship Carpathia Richly written and vividly detailed, this is the book Titanic buffs have been waiting for The first chapter covers the beginning of wireless and background on Samuel Morse and Guglielmo Marconi Maxtone Graham humorously notes that wireless was similar to texting on a cell phone, showing messages between wireless operators that were about personal lives and less about business The book has some interesting anecdotes as seen in chapter 2, Glittering lights Captain Dow of the Carmania that had just crossed the same general area as the Titanic was sailing into I have never seen field ice so far south A passenger on the same voyage said, It was beautiful but it was mighty scary He correctly notes that every ship near that ice field would receive some type of notoriety In another chapter, we learn Titanic victim Robert Wareham had several children His widow begged them not to go to sea, but one, Cyril did anyways The history of the Ocean Dock is explored as well.The chapters covering the sinking have a mix of newer and well known accounts The problem is when looking at a new version of an old account such as the exchange between Mr and Mrs Smith or a some new information such as Leontine Aubart being the one who woke up Benjamin Guggenheim after the ship struck the iceberg, researchers will ask, Where did he get that information The book is not foot noted or end noted If this was an article that was just a sample of a larger work in progress, that would be understandable, but as this is the final version, it s hard to understand why this was not included The bibliography reads like any other Titanic book and doesn t show anything new Perhaps, as Maxtone Graham writes about his friendship with the late author of A Night to Remember, Walter Lord, we can assume that perhaps he used some of Lord s research files which are now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich For now, one can only speculate about his sources.The book itself is pleasant enough for people who do not know much about the liner The writing has traces of the author s self described Transatlalantic accent , which sometimes weighs down the book, Shipboard s seductive fabric unraveled, rules and regimes abrogated Having finished reading the it, I concluded it really is a book for beginners with numerous errors that could have been easily cross checked Much of what you read you can find in other works about the ship The preface mentions a letter from Captain Smith s daughter who Maxtone Graham mistakenly refers to as Melinda Her name was Helen but went by her middle name, Melville Major errors include his bizarre interpretation of William Slopers late in life account Sloper distinctly says he was in the library when asked to join a card game He mentions being in the library twice The author glides over this and says Sloper, Dorothy and Pauline Gibson, and Frederic Seward were playing cards in the smoking room Most everyone knows that women were not allowed in the smoking room Maxtone Graham having written extensively about life aboard the liners should have seen this as clue that he misread the account He then takes time to explain that Sloper was mistaken and could not have seen Captain Smith, Thomas Andrews, Bruce Ismay, etc walking through the smoking room The author goes on to say Sloper was in lifeboat number one farthest forward on the starboard side, the author says with a capacity for 65 people and only carried 19 Firstly, Sloper and his companions were in boat 7 Boat 7 had a capacity for 65 and held 28 and was the furthest aft on the first class part of the boat deck Lastly, boat one had 12 occupants and had a capacity for 40, as it was one of two wooden emergency boats Maxtone Graham talks about the Duff Gordons escape in the emergency boat one in a later chapter Had the author cross checked his information in this slender volume, he would have discovered these errors.Another flaw is the author s ability to suspend disbelief to make an interesting story Oskar Palmquist claimed to have swum to a lifeboat and a woman held out her shawl to help pull him in and warm him It sounds good, but the silliest tidbit is having the kind woman with shawl die of hypothermia without her shawl That never happened as there are only a small, handful of instances of people being pulled from the water that did not include collapsibles A and B Another account he uses is that of Edward Ryan He claims Ryan went all the way to the stern where he and a woman climbed over the rail and shimmied down the log line into a passing lifeboat It s a fantastic story, but again, not true Had Maxtone Graham did than cursory research on the people he was writing about, he would have found that no lifeboat rescued people that way Ryan s other accounts, which are accesible online and through other researchers, distinctly says he put a towel on his head and with his long overcoat passed himself off as a women while stepping into a lifeboat.He also misreads the account of the Beckwiths The author has Captain Smith of all people telling Mrs Beckwith that everyone in her party, including the men, could enter boat 5 The accounts about this couple have always been consistent in saying it was Mr Ismay who invited them into the boat He confuses Violet Jessop s roommates pseudonym with her real name, which is glaring considering he annotated Jessop s auto biography several years ago One gets the impression Maxtone Graham only briefly scanned the accounts before using them in this book There are also assumptions in the book that a serious author would not use He claims victim Edith Evans slept through the Titanic s crash into the iceberg and, when summoned, wore her warmest coat There s no account by her companions who survived about this, so we must assume the author was filling in the blanks He lists a number of well known Titanic researchers and authors for helping him with this book Perhaps if they had seen an advance copy, they could have pointed out the numerous, and fairly obvious errors before this book was printed.The book ends with letters from Walter Lord to researcher Leslie Reade, written as if they were passengers aboard the ship Looking back at the product description, the book does not live up to the hype Again, it would be a beginners book, but certainly not rarely investigated components of the story.


  2. says:

    Another Titanic book Another amongst so many So many things have been written about the subject Maxtone Graham offers here an addition that has the merit of covering not only the story of the ship but its surroundings in terms of history, economy, human aspects as well as the direct consequences of her sinking, in an overall easy to grasp prose, a page turner all in all.


  3. says:

    Was quite informative, although a little too much once or twice


  4. says:

    This book was pretty boring in comparison to the others I have read about Titanic Also, no photos or drawings at all, but lots of confusing descriptions about things that I still can t quite picture


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    Considering there must be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 books on the ill fated Titanic, it definitely gets and challenging to find a fresh approach to the disaster Especially since it is a singular moment in history But that became the contest when the centennial of the sinking passed a few years back create a new batch of Titanic books that don t rehash the same old story big, beautiful, brand new ship is built, sails on maiden voyage, hits iceberg, sinks, lots of people die.I have to admit that Maxtone Graham s Titanic Tragedy isn t the best I have read in this latest round of Titanic literature, but it isn t the worst either I enjoyed his syntax such proper English and when he was immersed in the throes of a story, I felt myself completely enraptured as well But the overall structure of the book its haphazard approach to what one can call periphery elements of the sinking and the random tossing in of anecdotes detracted from the stories Maxtone Graham was telling.Titanic Tragedy devotes single chapters to different elements of the Titanic disaster, including the role of wireless technology, the construction of the ship in the Harland and Wolff shipyard, the launching of the lifeboats on the night of the sinking, the eventual rescue of survivors by the Cunard ship Carpathia, and finally, a look at the quirky side of the eminent Titanic historian, Walter Lord Any of these chapters could have been monographs by themselves they are all fascinating stories in maritime history But their inclusion in one book, and no real thread connecting them together, creates a disjointed journey through Titanic history Not to mention Maxtone Graham had a tendency to drop in unrelated anecdotes, introducing them with phrasing like, one thing I want to point out, and a couple things to mention before we move on That coupled with amazing thesaural language like illumining and abrogated and anathema made it feel like, at times, I was reading a high school student s history paper.But I cannot fault Maxtone Graham s storytelling When he got going on a particular topic, then it really was all or nothing The story leapt from the page and I felt like I was right there, in that moment Which made those sudden jumps to an unrelated anecdote all the jarring.So while Titanic Tragedy could have been a better book, it could have been a worse book too Although considering some of the mistakes Maxtone Graham made Dorothy Gibson, William Sloper, and Frederick Seward did not escape in Lifeboat 1 as mentioned on page 99, but in Lifeboat 7 can call into question the veracity of his other facts as well.


  6. says:

    When I saw this title on my reading list, I was quite disappointed I m not big on reading, listening to, or watching anything that has to do with the sinking of the RMS Titanic It s one of those subjects that has completely saturated the market in every way possible.However, I m trying to be good and actually read every book on my reading list, so WOW, what a surprise This turned out to be an excellent book.The author, John Maxtone Graham, is a maritime historian He knows his subject well and treats all aspects with fairness and equality This is not a book that looks to place blame or even explain what or why things happened as they did.Rather, this book looks at multiple factors that were part of the story as a whole From the book back flap, In Titanic Tragedy, after ushering Morse and Marconi onto the stage, he documents the vessel s design, construction, and departure from Southampton her passengers lifeboat ordeal their Carpathia rescue and memorials to her crew He describes poignantly the performance of her eight gallant bandsmen who played on desk to the very end none survived I couldn t think of any better way to describe this book than to simply quote what the publisher had used in the jacket cover.This was a book that I couldn t put down.Very good


  7. says:

    April 15, 2012, marks a sad centennial the sinking of the Titanic Interest has never waned in this preventable tragedy, and John Maxtone Graham s nonfiction Titanic Tragedy will note the event s 100th anniversary.Maxtone Graham has been writing about ships at sea for 40 years His experience shows in his storytelling, as smooth and clear as the North Atlantic on that dead calm April night In this book, he does not retell the entire Titanic saga but concentrates on less commonly investigated elements including the new Marconi radio and Morse code used by Titanic s radio operators, survivors stories, and their dawn rendezvous with the Carpathia.A section devoted to the Harland and Wolff shipyard slows down the midsection of Titanic Tragedy Also, newcomers to the Titanic story will miss much of the familiar events for example, the iceberg strike which sank the ship is barely described.However, Titanic Tragedy will entertain and educate, and whet the appetites of its readers for Letters by Walter Lord author of A Night to Remember make this book a must read for the Titanic enthusiast.Jo Ann Butler previously published in Historical Novels Review joann rebelpuritan.com


  8. says:

    Full disclosure Two years ago I met the author, who is well into his 80 s, and who now makes his living by traveling the world in cruises ships and ocean going liners, lecturing The man loves ships of all descriptions, is fascinated by their history and style, and is a charming story teller He can tell them because he was there, or talked to people who were His lectures are really stories, with a beginning, middle, and an end, as are the individual chapters in this bookHe was a personal friend of the late Walter Lord author of A Night to Remember and the follow on The Night Lives Title notwithstanding this book isn t really about the facts or speculations of the collision and sinking It s an attempt to discuss some illuminate the surrounding information and issues The chapters are best thought of as standalone essays, and perhaps that is how they started out I recommend dipping in and out I personally found the chapters in the development and implementation of wireless telegraphy, the evacuation of the ship, and the efforts of Captain Rostran and the Carpathia crew, fascinating I really didn t care about unearthing the old docks YMMV


  9. says:

    With his latest book, John Maxtone Graham reaches two audiences those who want to learn about Titanic and those who wish to explore further study on their own Mr Maxtone Graham whom, I must admit, I have met personally takes the wonderful approach of visiting numerous aspects of Titanic s history that include the important roles of Morse and Marconi, the dock built specifically for Titanic and her sisters, and the small Cunarder Carpathia that came Titanic s rescue Most poignant was the chapter on crew memorials in all my years of study, this was the first time I had come across this subject Mr Maxtone Graham also does a great service to future Titanic historians by giving us several areas from which to choose, providing a fantastic basis for each This was a fantastic extraordinarily researched book that I know will be among the sources I consult the most in my studies.


  10. says:

    Known as the expert on travel by ocean liner, Maxtone Graham s contribution to the new releases surrounding the centenary of the tragedy reminds me of Walter Lord s The Night Lives On in that M G doesn t cover the disaster systematically, he covers bits of it that interest him The result is very much worth reading with some new viewpoints and information There are no illustrations, but two helpful diagrams Best of all are several parody letters that Walter Lord wrote to his friend Leslie Reade on the anniversary of the sinking for several years imagining himself on the great ship, Walter is bored by Colonel Gracie, appalled by the Duff Gordons, and fleeced by the gamblers A short, interesting read for those who, a hundred years on, are still thinking about and discussing the Titanic.


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Titanic Tragedy summary pdf Titanic Tragedy , summary chapter 2 Titanic Tragedy , sparknotes Titanic Tragedy , Titanic Tragedy 83142d8 This Is A Book Unlike Any Other Rather Than Offering Simply A Detailed Retelling Of The Titanic Sinking On Her Maiden Voyage, John Maxtone Graham Devotes His Considerable Knowledge And Impeccable Prose To A Discussion Of Salient, Provocative, And Rarely Investigated Components Of The Story, Including Dramatic Survivors Accounts Of The Events Of The Fateful Night, The Role Of Newly In Vented Wireless Telecommunication In The Disaster, The Construction And Its Ramifications At The Famous Harland And Wolff Shipyard In Belfast, And The Dawn Rendezvous With The Rescue Ship Carpathia Richly Written And Vividly Detailed, This Is The Book Titanic Buffs Have Been Waiting For

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Titanic Tragedy
  • John Maxtone-Graham
  • English
  • 14 April 2019
  • 9780393082401

About the Author: John Maxtone-Graham

John Maxtone Graham has written numerous works, including The Only Way to Cross the bible of the ship buffs Normandie, and France Norway He spends six months lecturing aboard ships Ashore, he lives in New York City.