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 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 intimate atmosphere o

  • Title: Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World
  • Author: Hugh Brewster
  • ISBN: 9780307984708
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 intimate atmosphere onboard history s most famous ship is recreated as never before The Titanic has often been called an exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era, but until now, her storyGilded 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 intimate atmosphere onboard history s most famous ship is recreated as never before 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, presenting the very latest thinking on everything from when and how the lifeboats were loaded to the last tune played by the orchestra Yet here too is a convincing evocation of the table talk at the famous Widener dinner party held in the Ritz Restaurant on the last night And here we also experience the rustle of elegant undergarments as first class ladies proceed down the grand staircase in their soign evening gowns, some of them designed by Lady Duff Gordon, the celebrated couteri re, who was also on board Another well known passenger was the artist Frank Millet, who led an astonishing life that seemed to encapsulate America s Gilded Age from serving as a drummer boy in the Civil War to being the man who made Chicago s White City white for the 1893 World Exposition His traveling companion Major Archibald Butt was President Taft s closest aide and was returning home for a grueling fall election campaign that his boss was expected to lose Today, both of these once famous men are almost forgotten, but their ship mate Margaret Tobin Brown lives on as the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a name that she was never called during her lifetime Millionaires John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, writer Helen Churchill Candee, movie actress Dorothy Gibson, aristocrat Noelle, the Countess of Rothes, and a host of other travelers on this fateful crossing are also vividly brought to life within these pages Through them, we gain insight into the arts, politics, culture, and sexual s 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

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    1. 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 signica [...]

    2. 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 n [...]

    3. invitinghistorybookreviews.blo[A review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher upon my request.]It has been almost 100 years since the Titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage that took the lives of over 1,500 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 question on many people's minds as the anniversary of the Titanic disaster looms is: Do we really need more books [...]

    4. 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 subsequently 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 acquainted with the many dedicated, knowledgeable Titanic historians a [...]

    5. What a smashing read! You might 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, juicy, 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 manner.Brewster does just this. You will learn a lot that you did [...]

    6. 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 Titanic.Unfortunately, I finished the book without any new understanding of what upper-class passengers talked about on t [...]

    7. 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 reading.The author has done an amazing amount of research and never attempts to insert fiction into the actions of the passengersead he uses terms such as "it may have then happened that Mrs. Astor left the room." but [...]

    8. 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 gettin [...]

    9. I question why I read things like this since I find them upsetting and know going into them, I will find it upsetting. This is the stuff from which my nightmares are made. I have suffered all my life from intense nightmares but they are never about vampires, zombies, ghosts, the supernatural in general. I love reading the horror genre and watching horror movies and never have nightmares based on any of that. Mine are always rooted in reality of some horrible sort. I wouldn't be surprised if my n [...]

    10. I have never understood why Cameron decided he had to create fictional characters for his movie when the stories of so many of the people who were really there were so interesting! I'd probably rate this book a lot higher if so much of it wasn't review for me, and even with the review it was an enjoyable read. Lots of black-and-white pictures interlaced with the text, which I appreciated. Most of the other Titanic books I've read either had very few pictures (i.e Walter Lord's two) or are mostly [...]

    11. As a 6-year old, at bedtime, I would have my mother read to me from Walter Lord's A Night To Remember. It's unclear how I even knew about the Titanic, but freaky little me loved tragic stories. That book has stuck though, because it was all I could think about reading this one. Unfair, but there it is. If you want to know about the people on board, go for it. They're interesting for sure.

    12. As an avid Titanic buff, who owns shelves upon shelves of books on this topic, I have high expectations for anything written about the disaster. And I can say with full conviction that I was not the least bit disappointed in Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage! This book was extraordinary in so many waysAs a Titanic buff, who owns shelves upon shelves of book on the topic, I knew the centennial of the sinking would mean scores of new tomes on the ill-fated liner (and a new bookshelf would definitely be a [...]

    13. Book Description: "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 intimate atmosphere onboard history’s most famous ship is recreated as never before.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 inter [...]

    14. Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World, by Hugh Brewster, is, as the title suggests, a study of those first-class passengers who boarded the ill-fated Titanic on April 10, 1912, in Cherbourg, France, and their lives aboard the ship until it struck the iceberg on April 14 and sank. There are also chapters concerning the aftermath of that event, including what happened to the survivors afterwards. Hugh Brewster worked with explorer Robert Ballard, who foun [...]

    15. Things I liked about this book:-informative-gave clear and concise bios of the people on the ship-well researched-the back stories of everyoneThings I hated and wish had gone down with the ship-the author's love of repeating catch phrases, such as referring to Dorothy Simpson as "the prettiest girl" because someone on the ship called her that. Once or twicete. About the twentieth, it was starting to make me a bit seasick (see what I did there)-sometimes the "omigod foreboding music" got old-I th [...]

    16. Hugh Brewster starts out by saying that in most examinations of the Titanic disaster, the ship is the main character and all the crew and passengers merely supporting characters – here he flips it. Yes, Titanic is the main event, but the focus is on all the people on the boat – who they were, what they did before getting on the ship, why they happened to be on that voyaged, and what happened after to those that survived.It’s a fascinating look at a world since past – a microcosm of the E [...]

    17. To write a book of this scope, an author also needs to be a detective and a historian as well. Hugh Brewster skillfully pulls back the Victorian curtain and reveals the private lives of the Titanic passengers the reader thought they knew. Most Titanic books focus on the present voyage, but the author takes us back to their beginnings and what brought them to the Titanic.We read about Lady Lucile and her encounters with Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde; Artist Frank Millet's struggle with his sexua [...]

    18. Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Huge Brewster: I like the way Mr. Brewster presented the story of the Titanic, and that of the more notable victims and survivors. While there is nothing earth shattering about the information imparted. It is well written, and well researched and blessedly far from dry. He gives a very balanced introduction and history of the people on board. I think this will appeal to those who might not know a lot about the movers and shakers on board. I like the overview and the [...]

    19. 'The ship sank. Get over it!' pretty much sums up the attitude of a friend of mine. It's an attitude I don't share. Ever since reading A Night to Remember by Walter Lord in adolescence, I've been fascinated by the story of the great ship and the disaster that claimed so many lives.This book takes a look at the boat through the eyes of the first-class passengers. It gives the history and final fate of each one. This is a well-written book with plenty of photographs to add to the stories.One thing [...]

    20. 'The ship sank. Get over it!' pretty much sums up the attitude of a friend of mine. It's an attitude I don't share. Ever since reading A Night to Remember by Walter Lord in adolescence, I've been fascinated by the story of the great ship and the disaster that claimed so many lives.This book takes a look at the boat through the eyes of the first-class passengers. It gives the history and final fate of each one. This is a well-written book with plenty of photographs to add to the stories.One thing [...]

    21. Walter Lord no longer has the definitive work on the Titanic. This goes above and beyond just the voyage of the doomed ocean liner into the world and society the passengers lived in. It gives us the big picture, turning the names of the passengers into real life people. It gives us the fashions the women wore, the reasons why the unsinkable Molly Brown and the Ryersons were on that particular boat, the trips of Frank Millet and Archie Butts. It answers any questions you could have about the firs [...]

    22. An excellent book. I have worked on a number of Titanic books myself, even written one, and I would have figured that I didn't have anything left to learn. But I have to say that Hugh Brewster (full disclosure: my ex-boss) has actually succeeded in bringing a fresh take to the story. Glided Lives, Fatal Voyage is the story of the people, particularly those in first class, and Hugh's human-focused approach really brought the story alive for me again. Great prose and wonderful asides helped, too.

    23. An engrossing, just-this-side of gossipy book that nobly dispenses with the third class and the crew (except for the higher officers, of course), as well as most of the mundane details regarding the ship's sinking (I think the general attitude is "you already know this or you wouldn't be reading this book"), in order to delve more deeply into the lives of the first class passengers--before, during, and after (if applicable).

    24. Very good! Yes, we all know the story, but this was a wonderful glimpse into the lives of the passengers and how their lives intertwined before and after the fated voyage. If you are a fan of all things Titanic, this is a must-read!

    25. This statement says it all: "It was a brillant crowda rare gathering of beautiful women and splendid men" first-cabin passenger Lily May Futrelle

    26. I was about five days into kindergarten when the final resting place of the Titanic was located. A couple of years after that I remember getting a children's book describing the disaster, and I can still recall the haunting illustrated image of the ship lying broken on the floor. My interest was piqued, and it's never abated. The Titanic is one of my life-long hobbies, and it's something I can really never get enough of.The Titanic traveling exhibit is in town right now, and a friend and I have [...]

    27. (Won in giveaway)Incredibly well-researched book. But sometimes I got the feeling that the author isn't giving us all the steps that he took to come to his conclusions. On page 32 the author starts a paragraph with the words "It is suspected" that a woman described pseudonymously in another book "clutching her pet Pekinese" is actually Charlotte Drake Cardeza. Still not sure why "It is suspected" we do find out that Myra Harper brought a Pekingese, Helen Bishop brought a lap dog, Elizabeth Roth [...]

    28. 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster so we're literally drowning in a sea of Titanic-related material. this book is one of the better and more interesting ones and puts the emphasis on the biographies of the most prominent 1st class passengers as opposed to the technicalities of the ship's demise -which we already know quite a bit about, thanks to James Cameron and the National Geographic. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. the narrative is fast paced and lively and I finished the whole [...]

    29. I am not a hard core fan of everything Titanic however I do find this subject matter to be fascinating. Thus a reason I wanted to check this book out. I liked the concept that Mr. Brewster brought with this book by focusing on one type of class of passengers. However I think that I might have preferred to read about the third class passengers more. Only because I think that there lies more history in their story and I would have felt the more human aspect then I got from reading about the first [...]

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