Titanic: Iceberg Ahead | James W Bancroft | Book Review

If you’ve talked to me before, you may know that the Titanic is one of my favorite subjects to learn about. Previously, I have written reviews for Good Books and Good Wine (The Midnight Watch, The Watch That Ends The Night, Echoes of Titanic and Reflections of Titanic) and am always looking for new books to read. So when I found Titanic ‘Iceberg Ahead’: The Story of the Disaster by Some of Those Who Were There on NetGalley, I immediately hit my request button!

The first thing I noticed when I started Titanic ‘Iceberg Ahead’ is how obviously well researched it was. It is focused on the people who traveled on the Titanic and is broken into two different sections. The first section is an account of the events of the tragedy pieced together through the words of passengers and crew members. The second part is full of short biography and pictures of some of the crew and passengers. It is very well put together by author James W Bancroft.

As I mentioned, I am always looking for new information regarding the tragedy of the Titanic, and Titanic ‘Iceberg Ahead’ provided this for me as a reader. By using the words and accounts of those who were actually there, it made the tragedy feel even more real. This really was such a horrible human tragedy. So many lives lost, so many lives changed forever. I really enjoyed learning more about the actual individuals who were on the ship. It was interesting to learn more about some of the passengers and crew – some of whom were only there by chance!

The only thing that did not work for me as a reader was the separation into two parts. Part of this may have been because it was an electronic advanced reader copy so the print copy or final addition of the electronic addition may be different. However as of right now, I felt like there was a missing link between the two section and as a reader I wanted them to feel more connected. I will be adding Titanic ‘Iceberg Ahead’ to my Titanic collection but, it will be the physical copy so that I am able to flip back and forth between the first section and second section for reference purposes. This will be a worthy addition to my collection.

Rating: 4 Stars

*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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