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Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survivedby Andrew Wilson
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From an acclaimed literary biographer, a riveting and groundbreaking account of what happened to the survivors of the Titanic.
While much has been written about the sinking of the Titanic, very little attention has been paid to the hundreds of survivors.
Using archival research and interviews with family members, Wilson 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.
We think we know the story of the Titanicand#8212;the once majestic and supposedly unsinkable ship that struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to Americaand#8212;but very little has been written about the vesseland#8217;s 705 survivors. How did the events of that horrific night in the icy waters of the North Atlantic affect the lives of those who lived to tell the tale? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, memoirs, diaries, and interviews with their family members, award-winning journalist Andrew andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Wilson brings to life the survivorsand#8217; colorful voices, from the famous, like heiress Madeleine Astor, to the lesser known second-and third-class passengers, such as the Navratil brothers, who were traveling under assumed names because they were being abducted by their father. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;More than one hundred years after that fateful voyage, andlt;Iandgt;Shadow of the Titanicandlt;/Iandgt; adds an important new dimension to this enduringly captivating story.
About the Author
Andrew Wilson is the author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith; Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex; and the novel The Lying Tongue. He has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and the Daily Mail. He lives in London.
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