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Breathtaking Account of the Titanic,
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This review is from: Titanic Lives: Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew (Hardcover)
If you thought you knew everything about the legendary liner then read again: Titanic Lives is an expansive vivid account of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. There is a wealth of factual information from the shipbuilder's yard of construction to the emblematic class system of the period; for which this ship has become such an historic time-capsule: The Hereditary rich, the patricians of first class nobility, and the industrial titans on board in luxurious First Class, the Second Class vying for respectability, and the the cramped cheek-by-jowl stories of The Third Class passengers. I was riveted to the author's poignant detailed accounts of personal survival, and the doom of individuals caught up in the chaos as the ship was going down - evoking the utter pathos of the disaster that at the time was practically the 9/11 of it's day without the terrorists.
The author explores the ripple effect as the news spread across the globe that caused an outpouring of grief worldwide, and almost mass hysteria in some quarters. Richard Davenport-Hines should be highly commended for his outstanding accomplishment in recording his extensive research that has formulated his sympathetic tome. Totally absorbing, and utterly riveting how the author has captured the tragedy from absolutely every aspect imaginable. For example: I didn't know about the Lebanese immigrants on board, hints about a particular gay couple or two, the intimate stories of economic migrants, political and religious refugees off to a new life Stateside, the impact the disaster had on the White Star shipbuilder's themselves and the vivid detail of the interiors and layout of the ship. The detailed personal accounts told of the crew and passengers immerse the reader so as to feel like you are on the doomed maiden voyage itself - making for a compelling page-turner that is probably one of the best books EVER written about the Titanic. 10/10