Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage

The Titanic's First-class Passengers and Their World

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307984708
Branch Call Number: History 910.916327 BRE


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Jun 20, 2013

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.

milkandcheese Jul 18, 2012

This is one of the best TITANIC books. It is well written and fascinating.

loblollyrosa Jun 18, 2012

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


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