Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the World They Came From
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Heroism and sacrifice, wealth and poverty, hope and tragedy: Richard Davenport-Hines illuminates the human legacy of the Titanic in this revelatory history. A century after the disaster, Voyagers of the Titanic examines the experiences of those who were aboard—the privileged rich, the middle-class passengers, the crew and the impoverished emigrants in steerage.
By the time the Titanic left Southampton, England, on April 14, 1912, the ship had already had a fascinating history. In Part One, the author explores the politics and personalities behind the ship’s creation.
The nature of shipboard life varied drastically depending upon one’s wealth, class and position. Part Two profiles such well-known figures as John Jacob Astor IV, as well as porters, musicians, clerks, clergymen and others of modest—or meager—means.
Part Three depicts the ship’s collision with an iceberg, the confusion and panic as the lifeboats were loaded, the lives lost in the icy waters, the arrival of the rescue ships, and the lives and fortunes of the survivors.
In depicting the voyage and its catastrophic end, the author consistently emphasizes the human experience, making this a powerfully personal and tragic account.
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow & Co, Inc/Imp Of Har ( March 06, 2012 )
Item #: 13-523164
Product Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.88inches
Product Weight: 21.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This book makes you feel the personalities of those on board. These people were real and not just numbers. Some were more interesting than others and yes I love to know how many dishes tablecloths and pounds of strawberries were on board. The ship was massive for its day and the class structure and concepts of new American wealth woven into its structure.
Reviewer: Jam b
I've always been interested in the history of the Titanic, & this book offers more information about the ship, the crew, the passengers in all classes, the voyage & the sinking than I've ever come across before. There are stories about the individual passengers, how various people ended up booking passage on the ship, specifications of the ship--even about the amounts of various types of foods taken aboard & how the lifeboats were loaded; an interesting as well as factual read.
Very interesting facts about the liners of the day and what went into the decisions when building the Titanic. Lots of insight on the passengers, that really fleshes out the story. The only thing I would have liked to have seen, was more pics of the people involved.
Reviewer: Debbie A
This book held my attention from the beginning to the end. It was interesting to learn about the individuals involved rather than just the technical aspects of the sinking.
Reviewer: Robert B
The EXCESS of factual matter and statistics (which is apparent), shouldn't deter one from enjoying this book. Granted, I got an exceptional deal when purchasing this book, but it at least "explores" this horrible tragedy in a light that's slightly different from other accounts. The insight into the "human" element surrounding this cursed voyage spins an interesting historical twist.
Reviewer: Sam M