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GOOD ALBEIT CHILLING READ WHAT A SMASHING READ YOU albeit chilling read What a smashing read You think the topic of The Titanic has been overdone I did before reading this book But I love books like this that are impeccably researched down to all the intimate uicy fascinating details I have a special soft spot for authors who painstakingly research the beejuzzus out of an historical event person or era and then manage to present you with all these details in a fascinating and compelling mannerBrewster does ust this You will learn a lot that you didn t know about the Titanic And you will be enthralled in the process The details on the lives of the first class passengers their foibles accommodations on the ship etc are ust fascinating I bet you didn t know about the two wealthy female passengers who devoted their time after the sinking to the welfare of the immigrant passengers and continued this involvement throughout their lives Interesting stuff Many fascinating details are revealedHighly recommend 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 subseuently oversaw the creation of Titanic An Illustrated History which inspired James Cameron s epic movie While working on these books and others about the Titanic he became acuainted with the many dedicated knowledgeable Titanic historians and researchers After twenty five years Brewster decided to write Gilded Lives Fatal VoyageDrawing on the information suggestions and photos provided by experts as well as letters and diaries of the passengers this meticulously researched and documented book gives the reader a fascinating close up view of the lives thoughts relationships culture and last days of the first class passengers who sailed on the ill fated Titanic The decor and accommodations of the Titanic reflected the lifestyles that the wealthy passengers expected during the Edwardian Age Secrets and scandals are revealed as the reader is drawn into this rarified world Many people have expressed thoughts that the tragedy of the Titanic signaled the beginning of the end of the Gilded Age World War I followed and the world of wealth and privilege was forever changedThis book was hard to put down Aside from a few famous names the reader does not know who will survive the sinking until the very end Mr Brewster s postscript
Provides Additional Information About What additional information about what to the survivors in the years following the tragedy The book includes some never before published photos that were provided by families of the passengers Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage is an absorbing book for anyone who enjoys reading about the social history of the early 20th Century and about the doomed Titanic There are hundreds of books about the Titanic disaster but this one touches on the personal lives of the rich famous and not so famous first class passengers on the ill fated liner It is a different approach from most of the Titanic books I have read and it makes for fascinating readingThe author has done an amazing amount of research and never attempts to insert fiction into the actions of the passengersinstead he uses terms such as it may have then happened that Mrs Astor left the room but he lets the reader know that it is only a surmise on his part since it cannot be proven that certain things were said and done I appreciated that approachThe characters are complex not always likable sometimes extremely brave but always human in their responses and actions They could not grasp that the unsinkable was indeed sinking and many waited too long to react Others chose to go down with the ship believing in the women and children first credo or the fact that women would not leave their husbands It is a heartbreaking story which does not try to answer the uestion of how did it happen but rather how do humans who have lived in the lap of luxury all their lives respond to a situation over which they have no control Recommended 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 bride and many others from the elite wealthy that traveled in first class on the doomed ship I was fascinated to read that many of the survivors were so traumatized by the sinking that it signicantly impacted their post Titanic lives Several survivors committed suicide One young child rescued from the Titanic died at the age of 18 of ptomaine poisoning I would highly recommend this well written and fascinating book to those interested in the Titanic A good book to feature as we approach the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. E Titanic has often been called ‚Äúan exuisite microcosm of the Edwardian era‚ÄĚ but until now her story has not been presented as such In.
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For The Details Aboutthe details about first class passengers I know most had privileged lives but I can understand why the author concentrated on them especially since material could be found as opposed to those of the third classAs tragic as the sinking of the TITANIC was it palls in comparison to the tremendous losses of the 1914 1918 war Still I m sure there are many people who know about the great ship as a result of movies and books than the Great War A review copy of this was PROVIDED TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER to me by publisher my reuestIt has been almost 100 years since the Titanic s ill fated maiden voyage that took the lives of over 1500 people Since that fateful night the story of the Titanic has been told again and again and again through books and film and even a successful Broadway musical The uestion on many people s minds as the anniversary of the Titanic disaster looms is Do we really need books about TitanicGilded Lives Fatal Voyage The Titanic s First Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster answers this uestion with a resounding yes Although hundreds of studies have been published on the Titanic disaster Hugh Brewster s newest book is not a rehashing of the same old Titanic story that we have heard time and time again In many books the story of the Titanic is the story of the ship itself how big she was how many people were aboard her how she struck the iceberg and ultimately how she sank Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage avoids making the Titanic center stage and instead thrusts the reader into the world of the most famous and noteworthy of Titanic s passengers The story of the Titanic presented here is not a cold tally of the dead or a countdown of her lifeboats but a human story about real people who lived and died and made human decisions that night allowing the reader to place ourselves on that sloping deck and ask What would we do It s clear from the outset that Brewster has done his research not only on the Titanic he has published previous works about the ship but on the world of its first class passengers and most remarkably their personal lives After all it is one thing to read about the disaster and see an offhand remark about Lucile Duff Gordan a popular designer or Frank Millet a popular artist and writer who survived and did not survive the disaster respectively It is uite another to be presented a history of their lives their loves their losses their passions and their personality while eventually learning of their actions during the voyage and the impact that their life or death had on their world Some readers may notice that Brewster sometimes has to rely on speculation such as remarking that perhaps Lucille Duff Gordon wore a certain dress on a particular evening Most of his speculations are based on research in the previous example Brewster is referring to a dress which was included in Lucille s cargo inventory and in my opinion are simply a necessity of writing about what is ultimately a human storyBrewster s writing is always engaging always clear and a pleasure to read There are black and white photos related to the narrative included throughout the book including some uncommon photos of the passengers and first class rooms Included in the postscript of the book is a concise guide to the passengers mentioned in the book with basic information about their lives whether or not they survived the sinking and when applicable their fate after the Titanic disasterI highly recommended Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage to anyone who has an interest in the Titanic whether they are picking up their very first books about the incident or have been studying the ship for years It is definitely a worthy addition to the long list of Titanic studies and I would say it s one of the most interesting and important newer Titanic books to come out in recent years I would also recommend this to anyone with an interest in the end of the Edwardian age especially early 20th century American politics Edwardian fashion and social history There are many books on the Titanic and I have read many of them and many of them repeat what is already commonly known This book is a little bolder and a little different Many books have tried to present the stories of lesser known passengers from lower classes or crewmembers this book pulls no punches in saying it will focus mostly on the wealthy passengers and it does that and to good effect It tells the stories of some of the wealthiest and most powerful passengers laying bare how they behaved Some of the names you will know some will be far less familiar but this book does a great ob of providing an intimate insider type telling of the experiences of some of these people as each day and hour of the voyage and sinking go along Just because these folks were wealthy and ust because many of them were saved does not make their stories unremarkable or unint. Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage takes us behind the paneled doors of the Titanic‚Äôs elegant private suites to present compelling memorable port. ,
Eresting Some of these people come across as pathetic others as noble and brave others as pure heroic I think in too many books on the Titanic the experiences of the wealthy have been written off simply because they were wealthy and many were saved Even though I have read many books on the Titanic I learned a lot from this book It is a very interesting and worthwhile read on an important aspect of the tragedy Like them or hate them the very wealthy played a large role in the voyage and sinking and to fully understand the Titanic you must understand them only real problem had with this book was its small and delicate typeset at age 47 I only real problem
I HAD WITH THIS BOOK WAShad with this book was small and delicate typeset at age 47 I my eyes aren t as good as they once were and the particular type used in this book I found a challenge to read The photos also are lower uality and not on glossy stock as in many other books and some are small which is a shame because the book includes many Father Browne images not often seen in other books Father Browne s onboard images are some of the best of the very few photos of the ship during the voyage 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 myself in a book that would make me feel like a privileged passenger on the TitanicUnfortunately I finished the book without any new understanding of what upper class passengers talked about on their ourneys the etiuette and dress involved It all proceeded as most Titanic stories do take a range of characters give short intros to their lives before the disaster and then keep their stories running as the clock ticks down to the inevitable sinking I felt that Brewster missed a golden opportunity to examine the last moments of a legendary means of travel and a time that was about to disappear with the first guns firing in World War OneI was particularly confused by his odd digressions speculating on passengers sexual orientation I think Brewster was trying to make the point about how much moral values have changed in the time since the sinking but that point ultimately had little to do with the sinking or Edwardian society and ended up diluting the power and interest of the book s main focusWhile I enjoyed this uick read I remain unsure of who would be interested in reading Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage The dedicated Titanic fan will already be familiar with the scandal of John Jacob Astor s marriage the devotion of the Strauss couple and the dignity of Captain Smith Downton Abbey types looking for glamour and scandal will not find much to chew on here and very little detailThere are a limited number of people and angles you take on the Titanic tragedy and given the depth of media coverage any author would be hard pressed to come up with something new I respect the fact that Brewster was already working from a disadvantage but this book could have been so much If you re interested the author s fluid writing style makes this the kind of book you can pick up one day devote minimal amounts of time and attention and have it easily finished a few days later 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 everything but your life You will be saved but others will be lost Two months later Alice her two sisters and mother would live to tell the story of that fateful night but her father and brother would not survive the icy waters of the North AtlanticThis and hundreds of other stories like it are retold in Hugh Brewster s Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage The Titanic s First Class Passengers and Their WorldWhile I knew the ending before ever reading the first word this book was an amazing read that I couldn t put down In factlast Sunday I found myself clutching the book and reading in the car on the way to church With a great deal of reluctance I left the book in the car to continue reading on my way home I must admit I was tempted to sneak the book into the pew in case I got bored with the pastor s sermon And noI was not READING while DRIVING It has been a long time since I have read a Titanic book but even so I think this one is a little different than the ones I remember reading One can tell a great amount of research has gone into this very readable and informative book centering on the many of the people on board the Titanic and their backs stories The usual descriptions of the dinners and the luxury found on the boat is there as well but it also covers what many of the people did while on the boat Somehow or another getting to know a little about these people made the evacuation and. Raits of her most notable passengers ¬†The intimate atmosphere onboard history‚Äôs most famous ship is recreated as never before¬†¬†¬†¬†Th.