rom Publishers Weekly
In this expertly written account, Matsen (Descent) does what would seem
impossible: he tells us something new about the Titanic disaster. In August of 2005, a team using Mir
submersibles found previously undiscovered wreckage from the ship on the ocean
floor. The wreckage suggested that the Titanic had not sunk with the bow rising
into the air. Instead the ship had broken in half while almost horizontal and
gone down before most of the passengers knew what was happening. The discovery
directs Matsen’s retelling of the Titanic story, beginning with events that led
to the creation of the giant ocean liner. Matsen is an engaging writer and has
smoothly incorporated massive amounts of research. After opening in the 21st
century, Matsen spends 150 pages recounting the entire Titanic saga, including
biographies of the builders, the ins-and-outs of shipyard politics and ocean
travel. It’s all very well done but leads at times to a loss of overall focus.
A dive to Britannic, Titanic’s sister ship, is handled rather hastily and the
personalities of the team that made the Titanic discovery are never fully
developed. These are minor issues, however, and it testifies to the quality of
the book that the reader is left wanting more. (Oct.) –This text
refers to the Hardover edition.
Titanic’s Last Secrets is a fresh, moving, and irresistible portrait of
the doomed ship. Combining insightful character sketches, secret archives,
forensic engineering, death-defying dives and suspenseful writing, Brad Matsen
travels effortlessly between past and present and offers haunting new
conclusions about Titanic: It did not have to happen this way. They did not
have to die. I could not put this book down.
(Jemes L. Swanson, Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer )
If you think you know the story of the Titanic, think again. Brad
Matsen’s riveting book weaves new evidence from the depths with historical
accounts to reveal the dark, hidden truths about the deadly voyage. John
Chatterton and Richie Kohler’s chilling discoveries propel a page-turning
narrative to its shocking conclusion: What happened aboard the Titanic that
night was far worse than anyone ever guessed. (Susan Casey, bestsellilng
author of The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among
America’s Great White Sharks.
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