Rms Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage Hardcover – Mar 12 2012
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?Brewster?s nuanced account introduces us to a plutocracy frolicking in the sunset of England?s Edwardian era and America?s Gilded Age. He pushes past stereotypes to vividly describe the elite realm on deck.? ? THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW() --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"First rate…takes us into the first-class suites reserved for the moneyed elite…[and] includes some spicy detail on Canadian first-classers." –Winnipeg Free Press
"Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember and James Cameron’s award-winning movie set the Titanic bar high. Hugh Brewster clears that bar with ease and shows again why the story never gets old." —Newark Star Ledger
"This is one of those rare books on the subject that provides information both new and relevant, in a scholarly but readable way. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the social history of the early 20th century." –Library Journal (starred review)
"An impressive amount of information, often directly pulling from firsthand accounts. The author vividly renders the collision, the sinking, the chilling wail of unseen swimmers calling from the cold water and the shipwreck's aftermath....a welcome, interesting addition to Titanic-related literature." –Kirkus Reviews
"...provides new research on the lives of both the victims and survivors... moving passages [describe] the ship’s final few hours." -Quill and QuireSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
We read about Lady Lucile and her encounters with Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde; Artist Frank Millet's struggle with his sexuality; Clinch Smith and his unhappy marriage; The sweet courtship of Henry and Rene Harris where she called him 'Mr. Freshy'; And so on...
The author weaves these back stories into the voyage as the Titanic moves toward its destiny with an iceberg. Newly uncovered details enhance the day-by-day crossing and the make the final few hours for some, more heartbreaking.
Having finished the book, readers like myself feel like they have learned something new on the subject, which is the mark of a great author.
There are great photos - many that have not been published in my experience. I just wish the paper quality was better.
I would recommend this book for those who collect Titanic books and collections.