The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era
A riveting account of the Titanic disaster and the ...more
2 hours and 40 minutes from collision to disappearance----water temperature just under -2 degrees.
This informative work of non-fiction begins with a detailed introduction of various passengers and crew, some I had heard of from previous Titanic reads and movies, some not....including Jenny the cat who "prowled the halls after delivering a litter of kittens."
Lots of secrets....addiction, affairs, hidden illegitimate children. Lots of fabrication by passengers and Lots...more
With so many books about Titanic available, there is always the question of whether it adds anything new. I think it does – it is meticulously researched, with incredible detail, and puts events into historical ...more
He is a gifted writer and puts the event in context with what was going on in the world. Especially the Americans and the British. With the Edwardian Era ending, war on the horizon and changes in the social norms, technology, politics, Irish ...more
Though it is not without (minor) flaws, I found this to be the best nonfiction account of the Titanic that I have encountered. Russell’s depth and breadth of research on the subject is exceptional, his über-complete narrative beginning with the backstory of many of those on the ship and the ship’s construction, progressing to a day-by-day account of the journey and eventual sinking, and leading ...more
This book jumped to the top of my TBR list for two reasons -- ok, three reasons, the first one, which hardly needs saying, being hey, a new book about Titanic!! Because, yes ladies and gentlemen, I am a bona fide, died in the wool, incorrigible Titanic addict. I can even tell you the exact moment that my obsession was born: the day my Mom took me to see ...more
Gareth Russell focuses on just a few of the passengers, and lets us look into their lives and family histories. The author delved into these surrounding histories with a completeness that I must admit surprised me. It wasn't at all the book I was expecting.
One of the passengers Russell introduces us to is The Countess of ...more
(Published by Atria Books)
On 14 April 1912 at 11:40 p.m., on her maiden voyage, White Star's RMS (Royal Merchant Ship) Titanic, also known as "The Unsinkable Ship" and "The Ship of Dreams" hit an iceberg.
The transatlantic passenger liner sank 2 h 40 min later on 15 April 1912. Over 1,500 perished; 705 survived.
Gareth Russell's thorough and encyclopedic narrative covers macro and micro ...more
I have been a follower of all things Titanic for many years and found this book to be a welcome addition to my collection. Mr. Russell manages to put the ship and its passengers into a complete historical perspective. He shows that we are all “victims” of our social class and of the time in which we live.
This book is a very good re-telling not only of the Titanic tragedy, but also Mr. Russell includes brief but very detailed biographies of some of the famous personages included in his ...more
Focusing on a small number of people aboard the Titanic (their respective fates withheld until the sinking, if you weren't already in the know), the stage is set by including this varied and interesting set of people, their histories laid out in impressive detail. One may get the feeling they get when thumbing through The Begats at first, but take heart, as Russell's work picks up and rewards the reader.
You get to ...more
I confess to skimming some bits, like when too many names from history piled up in too short a time, but generally this was a great read. I appreciated when Russell took the time to debunk some Titanic conspiracy theories and ...more
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Atria ...more
I, as an avid, passionate, probably borderline obsessive Titanic buff don't necessarily agree, ...more
The world is ...more