Shadow of the Titanic

Shadow of the Titanic

The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Book - 2012
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From an acclaimed biographer, a riveting account of what happened to the survivors of the Titanic--to be published in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

April 14, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. While much has been written about the great ship, her shocking demise, and those who perished, very little has been devoted to the hundreds of survivors. In Shadow of the Titanic , Andrew Wilson offers a moving look at how their lives were affected by living through this catastrophic event.

For the first time ever, those who lived to tell the tale reveal how they coped in the aftermath. Using archival research and interviews with family members, Wilson offers a unique take on this fascinating story. He shows how some survivors used their experience to propel themselves on to fame and how others were wracked with guilt and refused to acknowledge they had been there. Some reputations were destroyed, and some survivors were so psychologically damaged that they took their own lives years later. 

From the famous survivors like Bruce Ismay and Madeline Astor--who became a bride, a widow, and a mother all within a year--to lesser known survivors Dorothy Gibson and the Navartil brothers--who were traveling under assumed names because they were being abducted by their father-- Shadow of the Titanic offers a host of astonishing stories that add an important new dimension to our understanding of this legendary disaster.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451671568
Characteristics: 400 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Oct 25, 2012

An interesting book about the Titanic survivors and what happened to them. Unfortunately, tends to deal with those who were in first and second class, since there is more documentation about them. So it would have been nice to find out how the immigrants and folk who lost everything in the sinking fared.

sixthfloorlsw Mar 26, 2012

Although many books have been written about the Titanic disaster, few have addressed the experiences of the survivors. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs, Shadow of the Titanic brings to life the voices of those who survived.


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