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Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived [Hardcover]

Andrew Wilson
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27 Oct 2011
In the early hours of 15 April 1912, after the majestic liner Titanic had split apart and the 1,500 men, women and children struggled to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic, the sea was alive with the sound of screaming. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. Yet the echoes of that night reverberated through the lives of each of the 705 survivors. Shadow of the Titanic tells the extraordinary stories of some of those who survived. Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night, in effect a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town? Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, SHADOW OF THE TITANIC will shed new light on this enduringly fascinating story by showing how the disaster continued to shape the lives of a cross-section of passengers who escaped the sinking ship.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847377300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847377302
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As harrowing as the disaster was the fate of the 705 survivors whose lives were scarred by the horrors of that night. Andrew Wilson, the equal of Walter Lord, reports this side of the story in 'Shadow of the Titanic' , a gripping account of the sinking s bitter aftermath --The Observer

Their stories are invariably sad affairs of depression, anger and, in some cases, suicide, as the survivors tried and generally failed to banish thoughts of the horror from their minds. The seasoned journalist s account is well conceived and written, as he explores an original angle on the infamous event --The Sunday Business Post

'Shadow of the Titanic' distances [itself] from any portentous tendency to mythologise, choosing instead to tell the story as a series of mini-tragedies seen through the eyes of multifarious participants in the event --Financial Times

About the Author

Andrew Wilson is a journalist who has written for the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph and the Observer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed BEAUTIFUL SHADOW: A LIFE OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH, THE LYING TONGUE, HAROLD ROBBINS: THE MAN WHO INVENTED SEX and SHADOW OF THE TITANIC.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret stories we've been waiting to hear 30 Dec 2011
By Roland
Format:Hardcover
Most accounts of the Titanic disaster end when the Carpathia - the rescue ship that picked up the survivors - docks in New York. But what happened afterwards? This is the first account to tell the story of what happened to the survivors. The subtitle of the book is 'The extraordinary stories of those who survived' and it's true - the stories of the survivors are extraordinary. Andrew Wilson has written a gripping account of how the Titanic cast its shadow over the lives of the people who managed to survive. We meet a range of fascinating real-life characters: Dorothy Gibson, the silent film star who made the first movie about the Titanic within four weeks of the sinking, starring herself and wearing the dress she had worn the night she escaped from the ship. Then there's Madeleine Astor, who was a wife, a widow, an heiress and a mother all in the space of a single year. A whole chapter is devoted to the dark side of survival - which looks at a number of suicides of survivors. And the last section is devoted to how some people became celebrities by virtue of the fact that they survived. A fascinating insight. Brilliantly researched, incredibly moving and essential reading for anyone interested in the Titanic and its secret aftermath.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising the Titanic 27 Feb 2012
By Hande Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Is there still interest in the S.S. Titanic (the description used in the book and from Lawrence Beesley's 1912 book "Loss of the S.S.Titanic") now that 100 years have lapsed since the vessel sank? Andrew Wilson's "Shadow of The Titanic" may be proof that there is. This book tells the story of the Titanic from an examination of the lives of some of the people who had survived the vessel. Shadow of the Titanic is more than a collection of biopics of survivors - the reader might be forgiven in thinking he was reading a book of fiction; a catastrophe thriller. There is so much about the vessel and its crew and passengers that another book (or two) may not tire the reader. The name Violet Jessop was mentioned only in passing in Wilson's book although her life could well have added a few pages of interest since she not only survived the Titanic, she went on to serve as a nurse in the Titanic's sister ship, the "Britannic" which had been converted into a hospital ship during World War I. The Britannic was sunk by the Germans - and Jessop survived again (See Tim Maltin's 101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic"). This book is different from the 1960 Dover edition "The Story of the Titanic as Told by Its Survivors" in that the latter was a compilation of the accounts from four persons who survived - Commander, Lighttoller, Archibald Gracie, Harold Bride, and Lawrence Beesley. The writing styles thus varied and the stories in the Dover edition were written within a year or two after the event, but perhaps carried too much detail. Wilson's book thus covers more ground, and is more riveting.

Wilson recounts some famous passengers including John Astor IV who built the Astor Hotel next to the Waldorf Hotel built by his cousin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need to see the signs! 12 Feb 2012
By jeanne
Format:Hardcover
`Each of the 705 survivors responded in their own individual way according to a matrix of factors based on gender, class, economic status personality type, past experience and future expectations.'
Andrew Wilson, drawing from previously unpublished material gives us a detailed profile of the lives of a fascinating selection of survivors pre and post the disaster. It certainly demolishes all the `what if' scenarios ( `what if the wireless engineer had not been tired...what if the binoculars had not been misplaced...)
It soon becomes clear that our future is determined by the small actions in our everyday lives: `The Titanic may seem to be the definition of hubris, a concrete symbol of the machine age, an attempt by man to triumph over nature, but in fact it was born out of insecurity'. We learn that the man responsible for the building of the Titanic was the bullied son of a father who wanted his son to be `tough self- reliant, bold and exhibiting the kind of industrial strength that defined the age.'
Shadow of the Titanic will cause you some soul searching. What are the factors in the fabric of your everyday life that will determine your own response when faced with a catastrophe and whether or not you will survive; how will your psyche cope with survival and how will it affect the generations that follow you?
Not least it raises the issue of collective responsibility. We create the society which in turn creates the symbol. On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the `unsinkable' Titanic, history repeats itself. Could the Concordia disaster not be seen as a symbol of the Berlusconi government: cavalier, hubristic, ridiculous? This could be the subject of another book which would benefit from Andrew Wilson's insightful approach to unravelling the nature of tragedy.
A must read for the socially aware!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 23 Mar 2014
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This is, so far, a great read. Fast moving, exciting and filled with the experiences and feelings of those who survived. Very moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of the titanic 15 Jan 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Was nice to know what had happened to the people who survivied. the tradity. Bought more copies for other people
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4.0 out of 5 stars EYE OPENER
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Published 1 day ago by Arthur Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight
I have always been intrigued by the whole Titanic phenomenon. Great book of usual stories, really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 7 months ago by Lynn, Hull
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting perspective
Oh, look, another Titanic book! But my attraction to this one was a little bit different than my usual fascination with the sinking of the Titanic - Shadows of the Titanic focuses... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best survivors'book
A very well written and researched book on Titanic survivors!
It was very intersting to read about their life after the catastrophe.
Published 13 months ago by Gertrud Schmidt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but incomplete...
I enjoyed reading the biographies but wondered where the stories relating to the third class survivors and the crew and staff members were? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bollyknickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, irresistibly readable
Andrew Wilson takes the stories of Titanic survivors, and weaves them together with real skill, adding a rich backdrop of Titanic facts and period detail. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tigersuzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
If you are interested in the Titanic this is a great read. Another new twist to an ongoing never ending story.
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE STORIES BEYOND THE SINKING
This is a fanatastic book that takes you beyond the lead up and night of sinking, which is a story most know so well to the lives of those who survived. Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Ian Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars shadow of the titanic paperback book
this book was a very good insight of the lives of survivors and how the tragedy effected them, excellent read, and very interesting.
Published on 8 July 2012 by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I have often wondered what happened to the 700 or so survivors of the Titanic after the disaster. There is very little known about them after the inquiries into the sinking ended. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Leigh
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