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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster Online



Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World

  • Title: Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World
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  • ISBN : 9780307984708
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 352 pages


Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage takes us behind the paneled doors of the Titanic s elegant private suites to present compelling, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers The intimate atmosphere onboard history s most famous ship is recreated as never before The Titanic has often been called an exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era, but until now, her story Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage takes us behind the paneled doors of the Titanic s elegant private suites to present compelling, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers The intimate atmosphere onboard history s most famous ship is recreated as never before The Titanic has often been called an exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era, but until now, her story has not been presented as such In Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, historian Hugh Brewster seamlessly interweaves personal narratives of the lost liner s most fascinating people with a haunting account of the fateful maiden crossing Employing scrupulous research and featuring 100 rarely seen photographs, he accurately depicts the ship s brief life and tragic denouement, presenting the very latest thinking on everything from when and how the lifeboats were loaded to the last tune played by the orchestra Yet here too is a convincing evocation of the table talk at the famous Widener dinner party held in the Ritz Restaurant on the last night And here we also experience the rustle of elegant undergarments as first class ladies proceed down the grand staircase in their soign evening gowns, some of them designed by Lady Duff Gordon, the celebrated couteri re, who was also on board Another well known passenger was the artist Frank Millet, who led an astonishing life that seemed to encapsulate America s Gilded Age from serving as a drummer boy in the Civil War to being the man who made Chicago s White City white for the 1893 World Exposition His traveling companion Major Archibald Butt was President Taft s closest aide and was returning home for a grueling fall election campaign that his boss was expected to lose Today, both of these once famous men are almost forgotten, but their ship mate Margaret Tobin Brown lives on as the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a name that she was never called during her lifetime Millionaires John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, writer Helen Churchill Candee, movie actress Dorothy Gibson, aristocrat Noelle, the Countess of Rothes, and a host of other travelers on this fateful crossing are also vividly brought to life within these pages Through them, we gain insight into the arts, politics, culture, and sexual s of a world both distant and near to our own And with them, we gather on the Titanic s sloping deck on that cold, starlit night and observe their all too human reactions as the disaster unfolds More than ever, we ask ourselves, What would we have done


Author Hugh Brewster

Being able to create books about history is a dream job for me since I ve always been enthralled by history When I was growing up in Georgetown, Ontario, our house was just around the corner from the town library And I haunted its children s section reading sometimes four or five books a week Historical fiction titles by writers like Geoffrey Trease and Rosemary Sutcliffe were particular favour




Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World Reviews (31)

  • Not since Walter Lord s classic A Night to Remember, have I been so captivated by a book on the fabled Titanic This book focuses on the first class passengers and their lives prior to and after the disaster Sort of Downton Abbey meets the Titanic You will meet John Jacob Astor and his young teen bri [..]

  • In February of 1912, twenty four year old Alice Fortune had her palms read while vacationing in Egypt with her family While gazing at her palms the fortune teller proclaimed, You are in danger every time you travel on the sea, for I see you adrift on the ocean on an open boat You will lose everythin [..]

  • Author Hugh Brewster met Dr Robert Ballard in 1984 when Mr Brewster was the Editorial Director and Publisher of Madison Press Books in Toronto He began working with Ballard to produce the international bestseller The Discovery of the Titanic and subsequently oversaw the creation of Titanic An Illust [..]

  • A review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher upon my request It has been almost 100 years since the Titanic s ill fated maiden voyage that took the lives of over 1,500 people Since that fateful night, the story of the Titanic has been told again and again and again through books an [..]

  • I appreciated the author s attempt to focus on one social level traveling aboard the Titanic but he seemed to have little idea of what to do with the story beyond the initial concept I picked up Lives hoping to learn reams of details about Edwardian food, fashion, parties and travel I wanted to lose [..]

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