Friday, March 16, 2012

Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines...R&G!

Earlier this month (March 6th)  a book was released that is not to be missed...Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines.  Here is the scoop on this haunting book which brings to life the stories of those lost on the Titanic...


Book Description

Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—one hundred years of infamy.

Of the 2,240 people aboard the ship, 1,517 perished either by drowning or by freezing to death in the frigid North Atlantic waters. What followed the disaster was tantamount to a worldwide outpouring of grief: In New York, Paris, London, and other major cities, people lined the streets and crowded around the offices of the White Star Line, the Titanic’s shipping company, to inquire for news of their loved ones and for details about the lives of some of the famous people of their time.

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 the mythic ship: from John Jacob Astor IV, the wealthiest person on board, whose comportment that night was subject to speculation and gossip for years after the event, to Archibald Butt, the much-beloved military aide to Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, who died helping others into the Titanic’s few lifeboats. With magnificent prose, Voyagers of the Titanic also brings to life the untold stories of the ship’s middle and third classes—clergymen, teachers, hoteliers, engineers, shopkeepers, counterjumpers, and clerks—each of whom had a story that not only illuminates the fascinating ship but also the times in which it sailed. In addition, Davenport-Hines explores the fascinating politics behind the Titanic’s creation, which involved larger-than-life figures such as J. P. Morgan, the ship’s owner, and Lord Pirrie, the ship’s builder.

The memory of this tragedy still remains a part of the American psyche and Voyagers of the Titanic brings that clear night back to us with all of its drama and pathos.

My mother-in-law, The Queen Bee, could not wait to read this one and this is what she had to say...

With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the people whose lives were forever changed by it. I began the book eager to get information and believe me that it what you get. At times, too much information and a lot of skimming through some chapters. Describing the first class passengers actually got a bit boring, as they were essentially the same. Most of the men who traveled were interested in the speed of the ship; most of the women were interested in the monied guests and gossip aboard the ship. The second class passengers were more interesting, with most of them being fairly well off financially, just not willing to spend the extra for first class. From all accounts, whether you were first, second or third class, the accommodations aboard the Titanic were the best that any ship to date had to offer. The most interesting of all passengers were t hose traveling third class. From all over Europe they came to sail to America and better lives ( or they had hoped) Most had family in America who had scrimped and saved to get the rest of the family over the Atlantic and into the land of hope. As the author starts describing the lives of the third class, he also begins to tell the reader that most of these people, did not make it. After I read a particularly sad story of a young girl, only five and a survivor, that remembered being lowered into the lifeboat with her mother and younger sisters, while her father and two brothers stood bravely on deck saying their goodbyes..I had to close the book. I have not picked it up since. I did not even skip to the end to see how the book turned out, we all know how it turned out. I do recommend this book to anyone who wants to know who was aboard the ship and why. It was all very interesting and all very tragic.

As I would expect, this story is gut wrenching.  I still want to read it though and think it is so interesting to learn about those about the ship.  If you are at all interested in history I would say this is a must read. Pick up your copy today on Amazon... I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher, Harper Collins, is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines. Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! To enter click "read more" and use the the Rafflecopter form provided.
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57 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Readers might like to compare this book with my own portrait of 12 real life passengers and crew:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Titanic-Last-Night-Small-Town/dp/0199595577

There are both similarities and differences between the two books. For example both look at the people on board. But whereas one is thematic, the other is more of a narrative.

And I focus on just 12 people.

John Welshman

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Susan said...

I'd read it myself - I'm a history junkie and this would be so neat with the 100th anniversary coming up ... Thank you!

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Florida Gal 7 said...

Would love to read this one and then share with my sis - sounds like a fascinating book.

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Shannon said...

Selfishly, I would like this book for myself. I love the mystic of the Titanic. I remember when Robert Ballard first sent pictures from the bottom of the ocean when I was a little girl and the fascination has just stuck with me. After I'm done with the book, I have a handful of friends I know who would love the read as well.

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Lori said...

I would like to win it to read myself and then to pass along through the family. My BIL is a captain on one of the Great Lakes Ships, and it's sort of morbid but we all read shipwreck stories and love them.

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I'd like to win this for my 12-year-old son who loves the story of the Titanic. ~ Angie Bailey

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