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Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Titanic fans will definitely want to read this one! Now that t

    Titanic fans will definitely want to read this one!

    Now that the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is almost here, I've had the blessed opportunity to be able to review some incredible new books out about the disaster. One such incredible book is called, Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines.

    In this historical non fiction book, Richard takes the readers some place most books have never gone, in depth into the back stories behind everything you've ever wanted to know regarding the Titanic, those who built her and sailed on that fateful voyage. He introduces you to the first, second and third class passengers as if you meet each of the people he describes in detail. From what the menu consisted of, to what they did for entertainment on each of the class decks and most interestingly, where the iceberg may have originated from.

    While most books that you'll have an opportunity to read on the sinking of the Titanic will often give you an overview of what happened that night and how she inevitably sank, this one brings to life all the souls she lost and even those who survived that night. While did the California not respond to her distress messages, why would a seasoned Captain ignore the warning of an iceberg, how did Margaret Brown become so friendly with John Jacob Astor IV, one of the richest men on board, how much did the tickets cost that separated each class from one another, and were second and third class passengers really prevented from escaping aboard the lifeboats as James Cameron depicted in his movie? All these amazing questions are answered in this book along with so much more, that if you are a Titanic fan yourself or know of someone who is, this is the perfect book!

    Discover what some people died with as they departed the Titanic, what some considered most valuable to them; learn how Titanic was built and what precautions were considered in her building to address three vital factors ship builders at the time had to address; what did Margaret Brown do before she became a wealthy woman; why did the Titanic not have enough lifeboats on board; what items were brought on board the Titanic by all the classes of people; how did fate play a role in people who chose to cancel their tickets and didn't die on the Titanic; why didn't some people when told to get into a lifeboat, instead went back their rooms even though the ship was clearly taking on water?

    I received Voyagers of the Titanic compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins publishers for my honest review and thoroughly enjoyed reading about this fated ship from beginning to the very end. Being a huge fan of history and the Titanic, I enjoyed reading about Margaret Brown and John Jacob Astor's unique connection as well as chapters dividing into each class of passengers; from whom they were, how much they paid, what their accommodations were like, what they ate, and what happened when each learned that the ship had hit an iceberg, what did it sound like where they were and so much, much more! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan to re-read this one again and again. There is even a section of photos that takes the reader back to the ship almost a hundred years ago.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Very good book!

    I'm not finished with it yet, so far though its pretty good. It goes over the history of not only the Titanic itself, but also events which occured prior to her departing from South Hampton with the white star line company, the strike, the seperate classes of people & more. Highly recommended!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I'm still in the process of reading this book and do recommend this to anyone that is interested in the Titanic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    excellent

    Informative,sad,compelling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Wonderfully written book.

    I am reading the Voyagers of the Titanic. Hines has lovely stories to tell about the sailors, sophisticates and common people who sailed the doomed ship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    S.O.S

    Sinking ship, iceberg, lifeboats, uh...bob,how more stuff do i need to do

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 30, 2012

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