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

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

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 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 and presents compelling, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers: millionaires John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim; President Taft's closest aide, Major Archibald Butt; writer Helen Churchill Candee; the artist Frank Millet; movie actress Dorothy Gibson; the celebrated couturiere Lady Duff Gordon; aristocrat Noelle, the Countess of Rothes; and a host of other travelers. Through them, we gain insight into the arts, politics, culture, and sexual mores 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?”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307984715
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 17,459
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Hugh Brewster has twenty-five years of experience in creating books about the Titanic as an editor, publisher, and writer. He worked with Robert D. Ballard to produce the 1987 international bestseller The Discovery of the Titanic and oversaw the creation of Titanic: An Illustrated History, a book that provided inspiration for James Cameron’s epic movie.  Brewster is also the author of Inside the Titanic, 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to All Your Questions About the Titanic, and Deadly Voyage and has written twelve award-winning books for young readers, including Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, which was chosen as one of the best books of 2007 by the Washington Post. He lives in Toronto.

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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I have read a lot of books about the Titanic, its building, voyage and sinking. But I have always looked for one that goes deeper into the lives of the passengers, especially first class. This book has great detail. I loved it!
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InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This is certainly an informative book, however it ranks as a least favorite Titanic book of mine. The reason I don't want to give it more than 3 stars is because of the amount of private information it gives on the passengers of the ship. I love history, especially about the Titanic, but this book went overboard (pun intended!) or prying into those defenseless people's lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book spends too much time with too many characters it felt like skeet shooting not enough there to justify getting to the sinking most of which i already knew boring not reccomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnmmnbvcxzlkjhgfdsapoiuytrewq! ( titinac is NOT boring)!