Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

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Harper Collins, Mar 6, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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“An astonishing work.”
—Julian Fellowes, Creator and Executive Producer of “Downton Abbey”

“A book well worthy of marking the centenary of the crystal-clear night when the immense ship slid to her terrible doom.”
—Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman

It has been one hundred years since the sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in the North Atlantic, yet worldwide fascination with the epic tragedy remains as strong as ever. With Voyagers of the Titanic, Richard Davenport-Hines gives us a magnificent history of the people intimately connected with the infamous ship—from deal-makers and industry giants, like J.P. Morgan, who built and operated it; to Molly Brown, John Jacob Astor IV, and other glittering aristocrats who occupied its first class cabins; to the men and women traveling below decks hoping to find a better life in America. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the great disaster, Voyagers of the Titanic offers a fascinating, uniquely original view of one of the most momentous catastrophes of the 20th century.

 

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This book is all-around enriching, enlightening and bursting with Titanic information. Of all the books I've read on the subject, this one ranks #2 right under Walter Lord's classic account(s). The author of "Voyagers of the Titanic" has outlined the chapters by subjects. In one chapter, you can read about the about the lives of the ship owners, in another, read about the ship builders. Then comes an entire chapter devoted to the First Class passengers, then everything you want to know about Second Class and Third.
The quality of the imagination is amazing and it keeps a person intrigued for more. Oh, the little things I learned about Bruce Ismay & Lord Pirrie! Before, they were just names in the Titanic story, but now I understand much more about them, what their personalities were like, etc. And who knew that Milton Hershey ("aka the creator of Hershey chocolate ") was planning to travel on the Titanic – but canceled!
Seriously, this book is now a favorite of mine. I would greatly encourage any maritime enthusiast to read it, because these pages have volumes packed into them!
 

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This book is all-around enriching, enlightening and bursting with Titanic information. Of all the books I've read on the subject, this one ranks #2 right under Walter Lord's classic account(s). The author of "Voyagers of the Titanic" has outlined the chapters by subjects. In one chapter, you can read about the about the lives of the ship owners, in another, read about the ship builders. Then comes an entire chapter devoted to the First Class passengers, then everything you want to know about Second Class and Third.
The quality of the imagination is amazing and it keeps a person intrigued for more. Oh, the little things I learned about Bruce Ismay & Lord Pirrie! Before, they were just names in the Titanic story, but now I understand much more about them, what their personalities were like, etc. And who knew that Milton Hershey ("aka the creator of Hershey chocolate ") was planning to travel on the Titanic – but canceled!
Seriously, this book is now a favorite of mine. I would greatly encourage any maritime enthusiast to read it, because these pages have volumes packed into them!
 

Contents

Second Class
Third Class
Officers and Crew
Photos
The Meaning Shows in the Defeated Thing
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Richard Davenport-Hinesis the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. He is also the author of Proust at the Majestic: The Last Days of the Author Whose Book Changed Paris and The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics. He is a regular contributor to the U.K. publications Literary Review, Sunday Telegraph, Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement.

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