Voyagers Of The Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-hinesVoyagers Of The Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-hines

Voyagers Of The Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came…

byRichard Davenport-hines

Hardcover | February 27, 2012

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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.

Richard Davenport-Hinesis the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. He is also the author ofProust at the Majestic: The Last Days of the Author Whose Book Changed ParisandThe Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics. He is a regular contributor to the U.K. publicationsLiterary Review,Sunday Telegraph,...
Title:Voyagers Of The Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came…Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.15 inPublished:February 27, 2012Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061876844

ISBN - 13:9780061876844


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique look at pasengers of the Titanic The Good Stuff Thoroughly well researched, amazed on how much research was put into this Incredibly detailed Gives you a fascinating look into the period of time when the tragedy occurred and especially dealing with class separation Loved the little back stories he mentions about the passengers - gives you more insight into the time Really liked how the book was organized into stories based on what class the passengers were on or what their responsibilities were (shipbuilders, first class, second class, third class, sailors - you get the idea) Learned some things I never knew before about the tragedy - and let me tell you that is huge considering all I have read on the Titanic Fascinating to learn about those who were supposed to be on the boat but through a twist of fate never boarded Great photos (would have liked more, but hey just picky) Quite a few mentions of Canada and Canadians Impressive Index Good account of what happened as boat was sinking and rescue mission afterwards Tons of amazing stories about the bravery of women during the tragedy The Not So Good Stuff Because of the detail and mentions of so many passengers it can be a tad confusing Again because of the attention to detail and mentions of all the passengers it can be quite dry and not very engrossing - its one that you want to read over a long period of time Some of the mentions of derogatory names for different nationalities, although very true of the time, can be quite offensive Since I am a Titanic junkie and have read so much about the tragedy I was often frustrated at some of his references to facts a little off -- for example there are quite a few varying theories on how Ismay got off the boat and author only uses one theory and states it as fact without mentioning other scenarios (Hope that makes sense, had a hard time putting it into words) Didn't need to see the picture of the corpse of one of the victims (in their defense the picture isn't too close up but its still creepy) Favorite Quotes/Passages "Joseph Conrad had posted the manuscript of his story "Karain" to his new York admirer John Quinn, one of those American collectors who rifled Europe for rarities to hoard in their private troves. "Karain" was lost in the sinking." "Morgan ranked himself with the pharaohs and popes, the ruling houses of Medici, Hapsburg, and Bonaparte, the princes and dukes whose collections he dismembered and acquired." "Millet wrote in a letter posted at Queenstown. "Looking over the list I only find three or four people I know but there are .... a number of obnoxious, ostentatious American women, the scourge of any place they infest, and worse on shipboard than anywhere. Many of them carry tiny dogs, and lead husbands around like pet lambs. I tell you the American women is a buster. She should be put in a harem and kept there." "It had steamed westward as if it were invulnerable, plunging too fast into an ice zone to stop when an iceberg hove in view. There had been a woeful inadequacy of lifeboats, there had been a shambles loading them, and the crewmen who were put in charge of them often proved blundering or weak nerved, The ship's last hours had been a climax of deadly folly." Who Should/Shouldn't Read I would say strictly for the Titanic buff, but that is just my opinion 3.75 Dewey's I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-04-20

Editorial Reviews

“This intelligent book focuses not on the ship so much as its passengers. Bolstered by photographs of the people who built, staffed, sailed on and survived the Titanic, Davenport-Hines finds a slew of new points of view from which to scan history.”