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A popular gift volume featuring dozens of meticulously accurate, full-color paintings--including a fold-out illustration of the whole Titanic--offers a wealth of information about the "unsinkable" cruise ship and its fatal voyage. A popular gift volume featuring dozens of meticulously accurate, full-color paintings--including a fold-out illustration of the whole Titanic--offers a wealth of information about the "unsinkable" cruise ship and its fatal voyage.


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A popular gift volume featuring dozens of meticulously accurate, full-color paintings--including a fold-out illustration of the whole Titanic--offers a wealth of information about the "unsinkable" cruise ship and its fatal voyage. A popular gift volume featuring dozens of meticulously accurate, full-color paintings--including a fold-out illustration of the whole Titanic--offers a wealth of information about the "unsinkable" cruise ship and its fatal voyage.

30 review for Titanic: an Illustrated History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a rather sad review for me to write. My grandmother who was born the day the Titanic sunk (or hit the iceberg) was always fascinated by the Titanic. It meant something to her. I saw this book in a catalog and I ordered it for her for Christmas one year and sent it to her. Unfortunately, she was ill and the book was too heavy for her. I heard that she looked at the cover and said it looked good, she'd read it someday. She didn't survive much longer and she never got to read the book. I ende This is a rather sad review for me to write. My grandmother who was born the day the Titanic sunk (or hit the iceberg) was always fascinated by the Titanic. It meant something to her. I saw this book in a catalog and I ordered it for her for Christmas one year and sent it to her. Unfortunately, she was ill and the book was too heavy for her. I heard that she looked at the cover and said it looked good, she'd read it someday. She didn't survive much longer and she never got to read the book. I ended up getting it back eventually and I read it. And really, really liked it. I will always keep it as it is not just a good, informative picture book, it reminds me of Grandma.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    If you are a Titanic fan, this book will excite you. Donald Lynch has the greatest job I could ever wish for. He has spent years researching and interviewing Titanic survivors and family of survivors. This book's acutal photos of individuals are spooky to me. Even those who survived. The eyes seem to look right through me. I am particularly curious about one of the facts mentioned on Page 194 of the book. "More speculative still are the stories of a large gold shipment on board. One perpetuator of t If you are a Titanic fan, this book will excite you. Donald Lynch has the greatest job I could ever wish for. He has spent years researching and interviewing Titanic survivors and family of survivors. This book's acutal photos of individuals are spooky to me. Even those who survived. The eyes seem to look right through me. I am particularly curious about one of the facts mentioned on Page 194 of the book. "More speculative still are the stories of a large gold shipment on board. One perpetuator of this legend was Storekeeper Frank Prentice, who years later would recall helping to bring gold and silver bars aboard. Researches point out that the cargo manifest does not show such a shipment, though this fact does not necessarily eliminate the possibility that gold was carried. Gold shipments made as part of the balance of trade between England and the United States were regularly sent on Royal Mail Steamers as part of the mail, and so not charged as cargo. Unfortunately, The Bank of England seals its records for one hundred years. If indeed such a shipment existed, it was a secret kept from the news-hungry journalists of 1912." With this information in hand, I am wondering if anyone is requesting to see the sealed records? Time is just about up. I continue to enjoy reading about the Titanic and will forever remain curious about the people who perished and those who survived.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Readaholic Jenn

    An outstanding book about the Titanic. Ken Marschall's paintings are amazing. An outstanding book about the Titanic. Ken Marschall's paintings are amazing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    This was James Cameron’s main source for his film Titanic, and it shows, both in his imagery and writing, often not just sourced but out right copied form here – pictures of the ship as it went down and lines such as “the sheets had never been slept in”. The book is AMAZING. The writing style is this perfect type of up-to-the-second on the ground present-past tense that makes you feel as though you are right there, full off suspense of who will survive, and very well researched, chock-a-block ful This was James Cameron’s main source for his film Titanic, and it shows, both in his imagery and writing, often not just sourced but out right copied form here – pictures of the ship as it went down and lines such as “the sheets had never been slept in”. The book is AMAZING. The writing style is this perfect type of up-to-the-second on the ground present-past tense that makes you feel as though you are right there, full off suspense of who will survive, and very well researched, chock-a-block full of primary sources, from pamphlets to tickets to newspapers to china plates to dresses to, of course, witness statements. We follow the ship from inception to planning to building, to loading of passengers, to the voyage, to the fateful night, painstakingly detailed by the second, to the grisly aftermath, both that night, the next day, the days and weeks that followed, and what happened to everyone and to the ship and to her legacy in the years and decades that followed. Very thorough, very well researched, excellently presented. Highly recommended to anyone looking to a great source of material on that tragic ship.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    The most beautiful, perfect and by far the best book about the history of the Titanic, her sinking and her wreck that exists today. Told by the best Titanic historian there is, Don Lynch, and filled with illustrations by none other than Ken Marschall, this is an absolute MUST HAVE for all those with a passion for the Titanic. I first came across this book in my aunt's house some time in 1997, and I devoured it for as long as I could before I had to go back home with my mom. I talked about this b The most beautiful, perfect and by far the best book about the history of the Titanic, her sinking and her wreck that exists today. Told by the best Titanic historian there is, Don Lynch, and filled with illustrations by none other than Ken Marschall, this is an absolute MUST HAVE for all those with a passion for the Titanic. I first came across this book in my aunt's house some time in 1997, and I devoured it for as long as I could before I had to go back home with my mom. I talked about this book non-stop for months, and my aunt, knowing how passionately I felt about it, purchased me my own copy. It is probably my most treasured book. It's hard to get a hold of today and the price's people are asking for it are very high, but considering how amazing this book is, if you can afford it, go ahead and buy it, you will not regret it. I promise!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    For the month of April, I put together a library program all about the R.M.S. Titanic. This book was a wonderful source full of pictures, facts, and personal accounts. I decided to read it cover to cover outside of work since it fit into my 2019 book challenge. It was, by far, the most fascinating (and accurate) book about the events of the tragedy. James Cameron called this book his "bible" and used it for research when making "Titanic" (which is beautifully accurate). While reading this book, For the month of April, I put together a library program all about the R.M.S. Titanic. This book was a wonderful source full of pictures, facts, and personal accounts. I decided to read it cover to cover outside of work since it fit into my 2019 book challenge. It was, by far, the most fascinating (and accurate) book about the events of the tragedy. James Cameron called this book his "bible" and used it for research when making "Titanic" (which is beautifully accurate). While reading this book, I stumbled across an entire page dedicated to a large wooden panel above the first floor dining room; it is obvious from the photographs that this was the "door" featured in the 1997 film. It was a really awesome moment. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to study the RMS Titanic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin B.

    Probably one of, if not, my favorite Titanic book. Don Lynch did a fantastic job of bringing all the elements of why Titanic is so fascinating! The construction, the people on board, the stories told, the disaster, and the aftermath. The pictures are also excellent! If you're a Titanic nut, this is the book for you! Probably one of, if not, my favorite Titanic book. Don Lynch did a fantastic job of bringing all the elements of why Titanic is so fascinating! The construction, the people on board, the stories told, the disaster, and the aftermath. The pictures are also excellent! If you're a Titanic nut, this is the book for you!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    A beautifully illustrated and detailed history of the RMS Titanic. Of course the story of the doomed voyage has been told and retold many times, but here, the paintings and photos are what set this volume apart. There are great, sweeping paintings that show the grandeur of the ship, and also smaller, more intimate photos that give readers an entry into the many other stories of the passengers and crew. For instance, one that caught my attention was a tennis star who was coming to America for a t A beautifully illustrated and detailed history of the RMS Titanic. Of course the story of the doomed voyage has been told and retold many times, but here, the paintings and photos are what set this volume apart. There are great, sweeping paintings that show the grandeur of the ship, and also smaller, more intimate photos that give readers an entry into the many other stories of the passengers and crew. For instance, one that caught my attention was a tennis star who was coming to America for a tour. When he realized he would not make it off the ship alive, he spent his final hours in the ship's gymnasium on the rowing machine. The two photos and captions tell his succinct story, which I never would have known otherwise. The final sections of the book, which detail the undersea voyages to rediscover the Titanic, are also stunning in the clarity of the images. Both beautiful and informative, this book is valuable to anyone with interest in the Titanic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Harpenau

    This book has a lot of pictures so it's easier for me to read. It's a compelling story about a yacht caught in a storm with chunks of ice. The submarine crashes into the icebooger and all hell breaks loose. The ironic thing about this boat is it had a swimming pool. If only the White Star Line would've known how much it would not have been needed, they could've saved some money. Most of the people did not drown when it sank. Instead they were either swallowed by a shark or impaled by King Triton This book has a lot of pictures so it's easier for me to read. It's a compelling story about a yacht caught in a storm with chunks of ice. The submarine crashes into the icebooger and all hell breaks loose. The ironic thing about this boat is it had a swimming pool. If only the White Star Line would've known how much it would not have been needed, they could've saved some money. Most of the people did not drown when it sank. Instead they were either swallowed by a shark or impaled by King Tritons trident. One interesting thing to point out to is that this is one of the only things you can't blame President Trump for. So if you're looking for a book that will leave you wanting more and wondering "what if?" I'd recommend another book but atleast look this one over. God Bless You.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mengeling

    Wonderful drawings and photos of the Titantic. The chapters are great from the building of the Titantic to its wreck, and than its discovery. There is something that pulls my chain, the Allison story in which I read in other books of the Titantic. The would be nurse takes the baby, while leaving the mother, father and daughter to their fate". The father Hudson of course was in a daze, so he didn’t recognize her, mother in hysterics. Couldn’t the nurse have brought the mom and daughter to the lif Wonderful drawings and photos of the Titantic. The chapters are great from the building of the Titantic to its wreck, and than its discovery. There is something that pulls my chain, the Allison story in which I read in other books of the Titantic. The would be nurse takes the baby, while leaving the mother, father and daughter to their fate". The father Hudson of course was in a daze, so he didn’t recognize her, mother in hysterics. Couldn’t the nurse have brought the mom and daughter to the lifeboats. Besides that, this book was written well with great details.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Such amazing photographs and illustrations. I flipped through this book a bunch of times, after reading it, just so that I could keep looking at the pictures. There is a ton of information about the Titanic in this book, and it covers a wide range of topics - from the building of the ship to the legacy it has left behind.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Its not often you find the text to match the photos in a large "coffee table" book. I found this in a used book store and was instantly caught up in the story. It is full of photos, excellent paintings and the personal experiences of the passengers and crew of the Titanic. Excellent. Its not often you find the text to match the photos in a large "coffee table" book. I found this in a used book store and was instantly caught up in the story. It is full of photos, excellent paintings and the personal experiences of the passengers and crew of the Titanic. Excellent.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    If you read one book on the Titanic, make it this one. Beautiful illustrations--including diagrams of the ship's layout--and a multitude of photographs make the story come alive. Very readable, character-driven text. Would love to see an update of the book, covering new discoveries since 1997. If you read one book on the Titanic, make it this one. Beautiful illustrations--including diagrams of the ship's layout--and a multitude of photographs make the story come alive. Very readable, character-driven text. Would love to see an update of the book, covering new discoveries since 1997.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    (found read date in diary)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This large coffee table size book is excellent for anyone who is fascinated with the Titanic, as I am. There are stories of the passengers and hundreds of pictures both painted and photographed of the inside and the outside of the Titanic. Especially interesting are the stories of the survivors and of the court cases for damages.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Cox

    This is a fabulous Book for the collection of the titanic lover

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Dilliway

    By far the best book about Titanic that I have read. Factual and interesting the whole way through.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I've read this book countless times from when I was younger, mostly for the pictures, though now I'd read it for the words and story too, to better understand the scope of what I was reading and enjoying. I've read this book countless times from when I was younger, mostly for the pictures, though now I'd read it for the words and story too, to better understand the scope of what I was reading and enjoying.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Riley Gardner

    I finished this book is a day, which is a pretty rare thing for me to do - even in a book about the Titanic, my lifelong obsession. I finally read this after years upon years of studying (I'm attempting to build my Titanic library up) and many facts were things I'd already known. That being said, I'm floored with the perfection of the book. This is by far the BEST general history of the Titanic disaster. Actually, it isn't about the Titanic disaster. It begins with the conception of the idea of t I finished this book is a day, which is a pretty rare thing for me to do - even in a book about the Titanic, my lifelong obsession. I finally read this after years upon years of studying (I'm attempting to build my Titanic library up) and many facts were things I'd already known. That being said, I'm floored with the perfection of the book. This is by far the BEST general history of the Titanic disaster. Actually, it isn't about the Titanic disaster. It begins with the conception of the idea of the Titanic and her sister ships, the building, the passengers, a tour of the interiors, the voyage, the collision and sinking. It then goes into the inquiries and media response, the Carpathia's arrival in New York and the experience of the passengers there. From there, we learn of Titanic's legacy, the discovery of the wreck, and the aftermath of the survivors. Yes, very dense subject, but very simple in presentation. The artwork here is perhaps the best part of the book. It goes hand in hand with the text and makes the story as clear as can be. Not only that, it's obviously beautiful to look at. Before reading it I would just pass through the pages, endlessly staring at the beautiful creations upon every page. My only complaint is, occasionally, Lynch drops into certain terms that the average reader would understand (ship equipment, job descriptions, technology, etc.) but it wasn't much of a drawback. If anything it made me want to research more and more. The subject of the Titanic is difficult to convey as a whole in any medium. Such a grand and dense story cannot be told with ease, and we've seen books, films, television shows/miniseries and more fail and providing that essential connection we must have when learning about the Titanic. In terms of basic information - a foundation for learning of the Titanic - this book is too great to say no to. Also, this is a perfect coffee table book. Just FYI.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Rewi

    I decided to read this book because we were in the library and I needed a book to read so I read this. It completes the "a book with themes related to those we've studied in term 3". I enjoyed this bingo board slot because we are watching the movie in class so it gives me a deeper knowledge of the disaster. This means I may be able to benefit from this in future tests and assessments. I found this slot interesting because the opinion from the book is well illustrated in the movie. My favorite quot I decided to read this book because we were in the library and I needed a book to read so I read this. It completes the "a book with themes related to those we've studied in term 3". I enjoyed this bingo board slot because we are watching the movie in class so it gives me a deeper knowledge of the disaster. This means I may be able to benefit from this in future tests and assessments. I found this slot interesting because the opinion from the book is well illustrated in the movie. My favorite quote from this book was the quote that was allegedly said when they spotted the iceberg just ahead, it was: "ICEBERG!!" I like this because its straight to the point but also shows urgency. Something new I learned was that there was only enough lifeboats on board for half the amount of people on the ship. This is absolutely shocking and no doubt had there been more, more life's would've been saved that fateful night. A setting I found interesting was when the iceberg hit the vessel and how most of the people on board didn't realize the danger to the boat at the time it hit. They only did later. Pretty decent book, but it's such a sad thought thinking about what should have happened instead.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma Ruth

    A detailed and beautifully illustrated look into the tragic disaster, the Titanic. I don't read many non-fiction books. If I'm curious about something I'll google it and read a few articles online. But my parents picked this book up from an op-shop one day and I was actually very intrigued by it. I know plenty about the Titanic, I grew up with the stories, I learned about it in school, I went to the exhibit they had a few years back at the Melbourne Museum, I've seen the movie. But, at the end o A detailed and beautifully illustrated look into the tragic disaster, the Titanic. I don't read many non-fiction books. If I'm curious about something I'll google it and read a few articles online. But my parents picked this book up from an op-shop one day and I was actually very intrigued by it. I know plenty about the Titanic, I grew up with the stories, I learned about it in school, I went to the exhibit they had a few years back at the Melbourne Museum, I've seen the movie. But, at the end of the day, my knowledge about what actually happened that fateful night was very incomplete. I've learned so much from this book, it's fueled my hatred for the tragedy, knowing how preventable it was. And I loved reading about some of the passengers, how they ended up on the liner, what they did the night it sunk, and if they survived, how their lives were following the disaster. This book really was an all around look at everything Titanic. It's strange to think that, my whole life, if I think something is doomed to sink or fail, I'll nickname it Titanic. But once upon a time that name was chosen to represent something that was supposed to be unsinkable. Amazing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    I've never seen the movie, but have been fascinated with the story of Titanic since I was a young girl (I think it stems from the anniversary of the disaster always being near my birthday). This book was so great to read because it had so many illustrations and pictures. It was just what I was looking for. Lots of details and facts, not too much fluff. While reading it I remember thinking that someone should make a movie so we could see in true detail all the amazing features, then remembered oh I've never seen the movie, but have been fascinated with the story of Titanic since I was a young girl (I think it stems from the anniversary of the disaster always being near my birthday). This book was so great to read because it had so many illustrations and pictures. It was just what I was looking for. Lots of details and facts, not too much fluff. While reading it I remember thinking that someone should make a movie so we could see in true detail all the amazing features, then remembered oh yeah, someone did make a movie! This was written before the movie came out so it was kind of funny to read the end, talking about the older movies that were made regarding the ship and all the publicity that came from them. If you are interested at all in the story of the ship, I highly suggest you read this. If you just want to hear about the sad stories of people who died you won't find as much on that in this book, but there is some.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

    I bought this book mainly for the truly gorgeous artwork by Ken Marschall. As it turns out, the book also comes with a comprehensive account of the facts that led to the construction of the TITANIC as well as what happened after the sinking. I can only recommend this wonderful book. Also, this was the book James Cameron used to sell his film to Warner. You'll be surprised to see how much stuff from the film was taken from this book, and even the images of the ship in the film resemble a lot the pa I bought this book mainly for the truly gorgeous artwork by Ken Marschall. As it turns out, the book also comes with a comprehensive account of the facts that led to the construction of the TITANIC as well as what happened after the sinking. I can only recommend this wonderful book. Also, this was the book James Cameron used to sell his film to Warner. You'll be surprised to see how much stuff from the film was taken from this book, and even the images of the ship in the film resemble a lot the paintings of Ken Marschall. This is definitely a "must have" for anyone interested in the history and the story of TITANIC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Titanic: an Illustrated History by Donald Lynch is an amazing book that you should read! It is a non-fiction book about the Titanic with wonderful pictures and lots of information. I have read other books about the Titanic but none are as good as this one! In the book it talks about people who were on the Titanic and there stories, the crew members, what rooms were in it and what was in the rooms, it even talks about her sister ships-the Olympic and the Britannic, and much more! If you are inter Titanic: an Illustrated History by Donald Lynch is an amazing book that you should read! It is a non-fiction book about the Titanic with wonderful pictures and lots of information. I have read other books about the Titanic but none are as good as this one! In the book it talks about people who were on the Titanic and there stories, the crew members, what rooms were in it and what was in the rooms, it even talks about her sister ships-the Olympic and the Britannic, and much more! If you are interested in the Titanic, or even want to read something new, you should read this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    As soon as I saw this book in the bookstore, I put it on layaway ( a little expensive but well worth the price). Don Lynch did a thorough job with his research and telling the tragic story. This was my first of many Titanic books purchased over the years and the best - for the detailed information, photos and illustrations. A must for every Titanic history buff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sanna

    I'm very interested in the whole Titanic thing; the history of the ship and all, but mostly the people that were onboard. To read about they way their lives ended and their dreams were crushed, is very interesting, but at the same time very heart breakening. This is an excellent book for anyone who's interested in Titanic. I'm very interested in the whole Titanic thing; the history of the ship and all, but mostly the people that were onboard. To read about they way their lives ended and their dreams were crushed, is very interesting, but at the same time very heart breakening. This is an excellent book for anyone who's interested in Titanic.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Luke Shortland

    (1) This book fits under the "Graphic Novel" category. (2) I read it because I wanted to read more books so I just randomly picked it up and read it. (3) I liked the pictures in the book. The fitted the story. (4) I didn't like how everything happened so fast in the book. (5) I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Titanic. (1) This book fits under the "Graphic Novel" category. (2) I read it because I wanted to read more books so I just randomly picked it up and read it. (3) I liked the pictures in the book. The fitted the story. (4) I didn't like how everything happened so fast in the book. (5) I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Titanic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I got into a HUGE Titanic phase when the movie came out and everything I got for Christmas that year revlved around Titanic in some way. This is one of the books I received and I loved all of the pictures. This book brought out my imagination of what happened and got me really into the vastness of the Titanic experience.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    An excellent resource book on the Titanic. The book takes you from the beginning to the end with some original photos or a photo comparison and some beautiful paintings to describe the outside and the elegant inside. There is plenty of reading on these pages to better understand the grand ship. The reading style was very relatable and made for a nice personal read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kent

    The Illustrations are great. In my opinion, if it weren't for Ken Marshall, the death throws of the ship in the movie would not have been so successful, as he did in 2 dimensions what the film later did in 3. The Illustrations are great. In my opinion, if it weren't for Ken Marshall, the death throws of the ship in the movie would not have been so successful, as he did in 2 dimensions what the film later did in 3.

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