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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage

The Titanic's First-class Passengers and Their World
Brewster, Hugh (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage
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Brewster, who created several bestselling books on the "Titanic," uses original research to intertwine, for the first time, the lives of the rich and famous within the powerful arc of the ship's dramatic demise to convey the poignance of this epochal disaster.
Authors: Brewster, Hugh
Statement of Responsibility: Hugh Brewster
Title: Gilded lives, fatal voyage
the Titanic's first-class passengers and their world
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 338 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-317) and index
Contents: A rare gathering
At the Cherbourg quay
A nomadic hiatus
The Palm Room
"Queer lot of people"
Queenstown
Fellow travelers
Private lives
Shipboard coteries
Designing woman
A calm Sunday
The last evening
Collision and after
To the lifeboats
The final minutes
Voices in the night
The ship of sorrow
Two continents stirred
Postscript: Titanic after-lives
Summary: Brewster, who created several bestselling books on the "Titanic," uses original research to intertwine, for the first time, the lives of the rich and famous within the powerful arc of the ship's dramatic demise to convey the poignance of this epochal disaster.
Subject Headings: Titanic (Steamship) Titanic (Steamship) Biography Upper class United States Biography Ocean travel Anecdotes Shipwreck victims Biography Shipwrecks North Atlantic Ocean
Topical Term: Upper class
Ocean travel
Shipwreck victims
Shipwrecks
LCCN: 2011037159
ISBN: 9780307984708
0307984702
Branch Call Number: 910.9163 B
Research Call Number: JFE 12-3668
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Jun 20, 2013
  • flufficorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a very interesting book. It gives an intimate account of the lives of the first class passengers, and the connections that they had to one another, asserting that this was indeed a small world that these people lived in, and that many people there lead double lives. The author delves into relationships with both hard evidence and theory presenting evidence that some of these people were outstanding members of American or British Elite, and the seedy underbelly of the life they took part in, in terms of affairs, sexual relations and orientations. It is amazing to me that some people got away with what they did, only for their deeds to be discovered after their death. I think the whole book paints a very human portrait of what I perceived as snobbishness. Chapters covering the sinking of the ship left me feeling rather dark and morose. For the event to be presented in such detail was a little rough. It is a good read, but only got four stars because there is something about it that didn't quite make the goal for me. It's just lacking somehow. Still, if you want to read something that gives a very detailed account of the events that happened before and after the sinking, pick this up.

Jun 18, 2012
  • loblollyrosa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book on the 'human story' of the Titanic. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this tragedy.

100 years later and we are still fascinated by the scope of this tragedy. This book focuses on the stories of the people that were on the Titanic. An easy interesting read with plenty of photographs.

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