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Rms Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage [Hardcover]

Hugh Brewster
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Book Description

March 20 2012
April 14, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The “unsinkable subject,” the story of the giant ship that sank on its maiden voyage, has become one of our most potent modern parables and enduring metaphors. The image of the ship’s plunging stern is an icon, and expressions like “rearranging the deck chairs” and “hitting the iceberg” need no explanation. Yet on a cold, clear April night the disaster happened to real people—stokers, millionaires, society ladies, parsons, parlourmaids—people who displayed a full range of all-too-human reactions as the events of the night unfolded. With new research, R.M.S. Titanic weaves the dramatic story of that fateful crossing with compelling portraits of the people on board—those who survived, and those who tragically lost their lives—allowing us to place ourselves on that sloping deck and ask, “What would we do?”

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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 Quire

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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes look at Titanic's passengers March 23 2012
To write a book of this scope, an author also needs to be a detective and a historian as well. Hugh Brewster skillfully pulls back the Victorian curtain and reveals the private lives of the Titanic passengers the reader thought they knew. Most Titanic books focus on the present voyage, but the author takes us back to their beginnings and what brought them to the Titanic.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Jan. 18 2013
This beautifully written book covers the lives of First Class passengers, and the associations between them as their paths crossed before, during and after the disaster. I have 200 books in my Titanic collection, and didn't think I could learn anything more, but "Gilded Lives" adds much. Well-researched, and full of little-known facts, this book is a must-have for any Titanic enthusiast!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Story of Titanic May 28 2012
By Manny07
As a Titanic enthusiast, I did like this book. The research and background information is magnificent and the author has captured the era in the way people thought, acted and reacted to each other. Sometimes, I felt there were too many "possiblys", "may haves", "likely would haves", in connection to various persons in trying to illustrate their intimate lives.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the historical facts. June 3 2013
By Joyce Reimer - Published on Amazon.com
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Have read many titanic stories but enjoyed that this book followed so many of the passengers. Liked that there was information about their lives before and after the titanic.
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