Thursday, April 12, 2012
Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines
Title: Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From
Author: Richard Davenport-Hines
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: Hardcover (provided from publisher for review)
Rating: 4/5 stars
With this year being the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage and subsequent sinking of the Titanic, I'm sure there are going to be plenty of books to choose from if you are interested in reading more about the ship and tragedy. Richard Davenport-Hines' Voyager of the Titanic is a well researched look into the people behind and on the Titanic more than the actual ship itself. Instead of presenting a rather broad exploration of the entire event, Davenport-Hines focuses right in on certain groups and people not only behind the construction of the ship, but also those that were on the ship. He crafts more a social history of the people surrounding the Titanic rather than the ship itself. He moves his story along well, although some parts may have seemed a bit rushed. Overall, a good read if you are interested in seeing into the lives of the people surrounding the Titanic.