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Rms Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage Hardcover – Mar 12 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Canada; First Edition edition (March 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443405302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443405300
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Poirier on March 23 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Curtis on Jan. 18 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
"Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World," by Hugh Brewster, is, as the title suggests, a study of those first-class passengers who boarded the ill-fated Titanic on April 10, 1912, in Cherbourg, France, and their lives aboard the ship until it struck the iceberg on April 14 and sank. There are also chapters concerning the aftermath of that event, including what happened to the survivors afterwards. Hugh Brewster worked with explorer Robert Ballard, who found the sunken vessel in 1986, and had extensive access to artifacts, journals, letters and other sources to flesh out his story, making this volume both accurate about the actual events and personal in terms of individual stories, albeit focusing primarily on the stories of the very wealthy elite and mostly ignoring those in "steerage," many of whom died in the disaster. There are fascinating bits of information here: for example, the first several lifeboats carried at best only half the number of passengers that they could have carried because nobody thought the situation was as serious as it proved to be, and of the 425 women on board, some 74% survived whereas only about 20% of the 1,667 men lived. Whether or not the orchestra played "Nearer My God to Thee" as the ship sank is moot, although Brewster uncovers the fact that this hymn was probably played at some point during the night of April 14-15. Brewster does a good job of describing the individuals with whom he deals, and more importantly, in enabling the reader to keep each profile separately in mind without mixing them up, and his writing style is both respectful of the subject matter and easy to comprehend. Really interesting stuff, especially if like me the reader knew only the broad outlines of the disaster prior to finding this book. Recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
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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Loved the historical facts. June 3 2013
By Joyce Reimer - Published on
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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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