Titanic: History in an Hour by Sinead FitzGibbon

Titanic: History in an Hour

By Sinead FitzGibbon

  • Release Date: 2012-03-01
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 19 Ratings
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Description

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

The sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago in 1912, and the subsequent deaths of over 1,500 passengers, sent shock waves around the world. Never before or since has a maritime disaster in a time of peace had such an impact.

TITANIC: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is an entertaining and well researched account of the events leading up to the sinking of this ‘unsinkable’ ship, providing an fascinating commentary on the pressures of the White Star Line, the importance of class to Titanic’s unfortunate passengers and the legacy of the disaster in Britain and America. TITANIC:HISTORY IN AN HOUR is a gripping and accessible account.

Know your stuff: read about the Titanic in just one hour.

Reviews

‘If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past’ Dominic Sandbrook

‘The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age’ Andrew Roberts, Bookseller

‘This is genius’ MacWorld.com

About the author

Sinead Fitzgibbon graduated from university with a degree in Economics, before leaving her native Ireland to work in investment banking in Sydney for six years. She returned to the UK in 2007 to pursue her writing career. She has always loved history, literature and art – and spends most weekends in London’s multitude of museums, art galleries and bookshops.

Reviews

  • Enjoy - you will feel you lived it

    5
    By Arcticlow
    From the day the steel keel was laid, the author walks us through a series of errors which led to the disaster we all know. Within a short read the author makes us feel we were there witnessing each of the players as they contributed to this terrible event. Occasionally, I, found myself saying "no, don't do that" as I found myself drawn into the drama. The lessons learned are as pertinent today as then not the least of which is the raw ambition to gain fame and glory at the cost of others. We were left feeling the shock of the hundreds of poor victims of these errors as they plunged into the frigid, black Atlantic where all hope was lost. I really enjoyed this book and liked the author's style. Look forward to another.
  • Things I didn't know

    5
    By RobbieFord
    I have seen the movie many times. But this superbly written tale really drives home just how improbable the sequence of events that led to the tragedy really were. Rather than focussing on the sinking itself (yawn), the author takes us on a different journey, highlighting how seemingly trivial events can have profound consequences. Arrogance, stupidity, dithering - the things that still inflict our world - are all here. Timeless.

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