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Summary

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.

©2013 Sinead Fitzgibbon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic 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)

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Really enjoyed listening

Always been interested in the history of the Titanic and there were some new facts I didn’t know before. Perfect length too 1.5 hours.

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what about the out of control fire below ?

what about the raging out of control fire below since it set sail from Southampton? this warped many of the structure.

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  • Craig
  • MAIDSTONE, United Kingdom
  • 18-04-15

Enjoyable read...

Informative, passionate and well put together, with thought to the thousands effected by the tragedy.

Very good read and one easily repeated whilst short listening time to spare.

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  • Colin
  • WATFORD, United Kingdom
  • 25-01-14

Another excellent title in this series

This will be about the 5th 'History in an Hour' title that I've listened to and they have all been excellent. Of them all though I must say that this title is by far the best. I suppose that, because being a specific story as opposed to a collection of events, dates and names, this was always going to be a more accessible title, but that aside I have found myself completely engrossed in this story.

Without resorting to opinion or popular myth this book really does set out the known facts clearly and leads the listener through the background of the fated ship and the various events that contributed to the worst maritime disaster in the UKs history.

No small credit should go to the narrator Jonathan Keeble who is both informative and engaging, delivering the text clearly and informatively. I have found his style of delivery a big part of my enjoyment of these books and will certainly keep an eye out for other titles he has read.

I would recommend this series very highly

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  • Annette
  • 03-03-14

A tight and exciting little book

Almost everyone on the planet knows the Titanic story, yet I found this retelling of the tale of this ill-fated vessel fantastic. I am a fan of the History in an Hour format and find it works very well with this story. The account of the moments leading up to the fatal encounter of ship and iceberg is especially spine-tingling and impressive. Part of the credit of course has to go to Mr. Jonathan Keeble, the narrator.