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Richard Davenport-Hines

Voyagers of the Titanic

Richard Davenport Hines Voyagers Of The Titanic Passengers Sailors Shipbuilders Aristocrats A
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While many accounts of the Titanic's voyage focus on the technical or mechanical aspects of why the ship sank, Voyagers of the Titanic follows the stories of the men, women, and children whose lives intersected on the vessel's fateful last day, covering the full range of first, second, and third class—from plutocrats and captains of industry to cobblers and tailors looking for a better life in America.

Richard Davenport-Hines delves into the fascinating lives of those who ate, drank, reveled, dreamed, and died aboard this mythic ship. With magnificent prose, Voyagers of the Titanic also brings to life the untold stories of the ship's middle and third classes, each of whom had a story that not only illuminates the ship but also the times in which it sailed. The memory of this tragedy still remains a part of the American psyche and this book brings us back to that clear night with all its drama and pathos.

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“A shattering human story that is also, when told as well as Davenport-Hines tells it, utterly compelling.”

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“An astonishing work, of meticulous research, which allows us to know, in painful detail, the men and women on that fateful voyage. Even now, a hundred years later, Mr. Davenport-Hines finds a new, and heart-breaking, story to tell.”

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“Eloquent and absorbing… It will stay afloat long after the armada of other Titanic books have gone down.”

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“Here at last is the true memorial ... a book well worthy of marking the centenary of the crystal-clear night when the immense ship slid to her terrible doom”

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“Impressive in both its writing and reporting... It’s a romp. You don’t know who will be strolling down the deck next.”

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“Meticulous... detailed account.”

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“Paints a provocative portrait of the “upstairs, downstairs” social stratification in play aboard the doomed ship. A-”

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“The story of the Titanic has been told many times; this one takes a sociological perspective, with the confident, graceful prose of fine fiction.”

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“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.”

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“This will not be the last book on the Titanic, but it is a safe bet that there will not be a better.”

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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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