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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 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 featuringrarely 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 theWorld 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 Very interesting book I knew most of the material from other sources, except for the details about the first class passengers I know most had privileged lives, but I can understand why the author concentrated on them, especially since material could be found as opposed to those of the third class.As tragic as the sinking of the TITANIC was, it palls in comparison to the tremendous losses of the 1914 1918 war Still, I m sure there are many people who knowabout the great ship as a result Very interesting book I knew most of the material from other sources, except for the details about the first class passengers I know most had privileged lives, but I can understand why the author concentrated on them, especially since material could be found as opposed to those of the third class.As tragic as the sinking of the TITANIC was, it palls in comparison to the tremendous losses of the 1914 1918 war Still, I m sure there are many people who knowabout the great ship as a result of movies and books than the Great War 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 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 signicantly impacted their post Titanic lives Several survivors committed suicide One young child rescued from the Titanic died at the age of 18 of ptomaine poisoning I would highly recommend this well written and fascinating book to those interested in the Titanic A good book to feature as we approach the 100th anniversary of the tragedy 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 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 not survive the icy waters of the North Atlantic.This and hundreds of other stories like it are retold in Hugh Brewster s Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage The Titanic s First Class Passengers and Their World While I knew the ending before ever reading the first word, this book was an amazing read that I couldn t put down In fact,last Sunday, I found myself clutching the book and reading in the car on the way to church With a great deal of reluctance I left the book in the car to continue reading on my way home I must admit, I was tempted to sneak the book into the pew in case I got bored with the pastor s sermon And no.I was not READING while DRIVING 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 passengers.instead he uses terms such as it may have then happened that Mrs Astor left the ro 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 passengers.instead he uses terms such as it may have then happened that Mrs Astor left the room but he lets the reader know that it is only a surmise on his part since it cannot be proven that certain things were said and done I appreciated that approach.The characters are complex, not always likable, sometimes extremely brave, but always human in their responses and actions They could not grasp that the unsinkable was indeed sinking and many waited too long to react Others chose to go down with the ship, believing in the women and children first credo or the fact that women would not leave their husbands It is a heartbreaking story which does not try to answer the question of how did it happen but rather how do humans who have lived in the lap of luxury all their lives respond to a situation over which they have no control Recommended

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