The Ship of Dreams

The Ship of Dreams Gareth Russell Has Chosen A Handful Of Passengers On The Doomed Liner And By Training A Spotlight On Every Detail Of Their Lives, He Has Given Us A Meticulous, Sensitive, And At Times Harsh Picture Of The Early Th Century In Britain And America A Marvelous Piece Of Work Julian Fellowes, Creator Of Downton Abbey A Riveting Account Of The Titanic Disaster And The Unraveling Of The Gilded Edwardian Society That Had Created ItIn April , Six Notable People Were Among Those Privileged To Experience The Height Of Luxury First Class Passage On The Ship Of Dreams, The RMS Titanic Lucy Leslie, Countess Of Rothes Son Of The British Empire, Tommy Andrews American Captain Of Industry John Thayer And His Son Jack Jewish American Immigrant Ida Straus And American Model And Movie Star Dorothy Gibson Within A Week Of Setting Sail, They Were All Caught Up In The Horrifying Disaster Of The Titanic S Sinking, One Of The Biggest News Stories Of The Century Today, We Can See Their Stories And The Titanic S Voyage As The Beginning Of The End Of The Established Hierarchy Of The Edwardian Era Writing In His Elegant Signature Prose And Using Previously Unpublished Sources, Deck Plans, Journal Entries, And Surviving Artifacts, Gareth Russell Peers Through The Portholes Of These First Class Travelers To Immerse Us In A Time Of Unprecedented Change In British And American History Through Their Intertwining Lives, He Examines Social, Technological, Political, And Economic Forces Such As The Nuances Of The British Class System, The Explosion Of Competition In The Shipping Trade, The Birth Of The Movie Industry, The Irish Home Rule Crisis, And The Jewish American Immigrant Experience While Also Recounting Their Intimate Stories Of Bravery, Tragedy, And Selflessness Masterful In Its Superb Grasp Of The Forces Of History, Gripping In Its Moment By Moment Account Of The Sinking, Revelatory In Discounting Long Held Myths, And Lavishly Illustrated With Color And Black And White Photographs, This Absorbing, Accessible, And Authoritative Account Of The Titanic S Life And Death Is Destined To Become The Definitive Book On The Subject

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Ship of Dreams
  • Gareth Russell
  • 13 October 2019
  • 9781501176722

10 thoughts on “The Ship of Dreams

  1. says:

    4.5 Stars.


    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 of history of the time.

    What I was looking for I received in the detailed description of various rooms aboard ship, eye witness accounts of the sinking, and Oh My Gosh life after Titanic.10 survivors committing suicide.

    Bottom line, unwise navigation plus speed kills Only 712 survivors with over 2200 passengers.

    Many thanks to Atria Books via NetGalley for the arc in exchange for review.

  2. says:

    I have read multiple books about the Titanic I ve read many, many facts and tales about the building of the ship, the White Star Line and its leaders, the race to build bigger and faster passenger ships in the early 1900s, the passengers, causes of the sinking, the trial and aftermath of the accident, etc All that reading, and this book still provided details and information I had not read before Gareth Russell digs down into the Edwardian Era and the people time that created the Titanic and its sister ships He also gives details about six different passengers on the ship.their privileged lives, what led them to be on board, and their fate So interesting I loved every single word of this book Buying a copy for my non fiction keeper shelf First off this book is non fiction This is not a narrative story or filled with fictionalized drama This book presents facts lots and lots of details The writing style keeps it interesting, but be aware that this is 300 pages of non fiction not a story Russell gets down to the nitty gritty of society at the time, details about specific passengers, text from reports, letters, telegrams, facts about the ship and other ships of the day, the crew, interior of the ship compared to other ships of the era, the White Star Line..I could keep going There is a lot of information tucked into this book Readers who like Titanic facts but don t enjoy reading non fiction might want to skip this one I love non fiction, so all of the details, facts, information did not bother me one bit Loved it This is the first book by Gareth Russell that I ve read I will definitely be reading It is obvious that he did a huge amount of research and I like his writing style The facts are all laid out in an interesting manner I read this book slowly one chapter a night to let all the facts and details soak in In my opinion, this is the best book on the Titanic and its sinking that I have read Interesting, sound research, and an in depth look at the aftermath of the sinking and the era that created larger, faster and much fancier passenger ships Awesome read I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  3. says:

    Over the years, I have read many books about Titanic and this is, certainly, one of the best I know many who consider themselves experts on the ship, dislike it referred to as, the Titanic, but the subtitle does so The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era.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 perspective, as well as considering the many conspiracy theories, surrounding the ship.Although author, Gareth Russell, is careful about his facts, he never loses the drama of the events He takes us through everything from the making of Titanic in the Belfast shipyards, with interesting background on the city and why it was used, through the voyage, the sinking and the aftermath Titanic, he states, was the product of British sensibilities and American money A world on the cusp of change, with the unknown spectre of WWI about to explode and overshadow the loss of life.Interestingly, Russell suggests that it was the American men who were under social pressure than the British, to give up their life for the women and children Lady Duff Cooper, having been informed her husband could not accompany her in a lifeboat, simply went to the other side of the ship and found one which would allow it and declared herself astounded at how easily American wives seemed to accept the separation This was, to me, quite an interesting perspective, and undoubtedly influenced by the way male survivors were shamed by the press after the sinking no one than J Bruce Ismay and I highly recommend, How to Survive the Titanic or the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay , about the various attacks made on him after his survival.It was also fascinating to learn how quickly interest in Titanic resulted in memoirs and, even a film, with one American actress, wearing the exact outfit in the silent movie now sadly lost that she had worn on the night she entered the lifeboat that saved her Despite knowing exactly what wouldhappen, this is a gripping and informative read I listened to this on Audible and it was beautifully read by Jenny Funnell.

  4. says:

    Gareth Russell has done his research Uncovering previously unpublished sources and including photographs Russell tells the story not just of the sinking of the Titanic, but of six well known and well heeled passengers and the role they played in history.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 Home Rule, the class system, this was a major time of change for the world We follow the stories of six of those passengers on the Titanic and how their lives changed The description of the sinking, minute by minute, the different ways Americans and the British handled the tragedy Not everyone was chivalrous or brave And for some that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.For me personally, this was the best book I have read on the subject And that was because it was so well researched and written Myths were shown for what they were Facts and journals told stories never heard before The pictures were priceless in creating an image in your head of who these people were and how they behaved.I would have no problem recommending this book as a definitive look at this point in our history.Extremely Well Done NetGalley November 19th, 2019 by Atria Books

  5. says:

    The author highlights several first class passengers, telling the reader about their background, and their ultimate fate There is an English countess, a naval architect, a movie star, an American railroad executive and his son, and a Jewish couple, former immigrants who owned Macy s It s interesting how each reacts to the shocking circumstances from shallow and selfish to heroic The author also proposes that this was the end of the Edwardian era, and the predecessor of horrors to come with the advent of the Great War just a few years away Thanks to Netgalley and to Atria Books for this ARC.

  6. says:

    What is unique about this book is that the sinking of the Titanic is explored within the context of the time period and world events The Titanic is, at times, peripheral in the story as the author paints a picture of society and world events Ireland was in the grips of tearing apart with the Protestants wanting independence and Catholics wanting to stay under British rule Tensions are rising between countries and political parties with assassinations on the rise soon a Lithuanian would be assassinating an Italian dignitary which would be the final catalyst for the beginning of WWI Yet when the Titanic sailed, the differences in classes still persisted yet there was a beginning arch of Hollywood royalty as opposed to Old World royalty.The author does extensive research about the ship, the reason it sunk, and if third class passengers were mistreated, the timeline of key players, and the physics of the sinking Spoiler alert James Cameron s Titanic movie was a blockbuster that took artistic liberties Also, many of the follies are examined and the real reason for the massive loss of life was the decision to power through the ice field and the lack of time for evacuating Even with enough life boats, 2 and a half hours was inefficient time to evacuate all of the people Even with sufficient life boats, there would still have been a huge loss of life Tommy Andrews was meticulous and well liked He was homesick.Ismay was socially awkward and not a villain His choice to enter a lifeboat was not as selfish as it has been portrayed.Captain Smith was going too fast through an ice field even with warnings.The routes were far too high in latitude.Third class was not mistreated,If you want Titanic facts, this is a good one It is put into the context of what was happening in the world and different countries It also corrects some accepted alternative facts.

  7. says:

    An exceptionally thorough and fascinating account of the Titanic first and only ill fated voyage 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 ber 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 finally to the fallout from the event and the ultimate fates of many of the survivors.If there is a criticism to be made of the book, it s that it is almost too thorough in parts While I ate up every bit of tiny detail regarding the time on the ship and eventual sinking and rescue, some of the biographical information at the beginning and end of the book about some of the passengers felt excessive, unnecessary, and neither interesting nor relevant A handful of other minutiae like this should have been edited out of the early and late chapters as well For example, I doubt anyone reading this book needs to have how World War I started explained to them To that end, I would urge those struggling with the first 50 pages where the above is the most egregiously indulged to persist, because the rest of the book is than worth the read And I m sympathetic to the author s dilemma regarding such things as I always am when it comes to historical nonfiction , where the temptation to prioritize thoroughness and pinpoint accuracy over sheer readability is an understandable one for a scholar And truly, it is in that hyper accurate detail that Russell really shines as a writer and researcher His painstakingly researched and rendered account of the day by day occurrences on the ship, the movements of many of the principal players in the story, and the lavish descriptions of the Titanic herself were outstanding and riveting And perhaps most importantly, his account of the demise of the ship and the chronicling of the moments from when the ship first hits the iceberg to when those in the lifeboats are finally rescued are deliciously harrowing, haunting, and narrated with perfect atmosphere In all, an exceptionally written and researched account of the Titanic s first and last fateful voyage I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. says:

    In the century since her tragic demise, Titanic s story has been told time and again From books both fiction and non to movies and television series, we ve heard the tale so many times it s hard to believe there is anything new to discover Are there any stones to uncover Acclaimed historian, Gareth Russell, set out to unearth those very stones, and in his gripping new work he polishes them to a shine In doing so, Russell manages to accomplish the impossible a fresh perspective on the most infamous shipwreck in history.Walter Lord s seminal opus, A Night To Remember, set a benchmark for works on Titanic that few have been able to reach In The Ship Dreams, Russell not only meets that standard, he far surpasses it, raising the luxury liner from its established place as a martyred victim of human error to an example of cutting edge technology in a world on the edge of collapse Rather than portrayed as a ferry of death, Russell holds up Titanic as a true prism of life in an era marked by human triumph, buoyed by unprecedented wealth and sheer moxie.Poignant and meticulously researched, The Ship of Dreams is brilliant and heartrending Sharp in his observations, Russell leaves no myth unchallenged A gifted storyteller, each harrowing hour is rendered so vividly, one can almost feel the sting of the salty air and the bitter chill of the sea sinking into their bones In Russell s hands, the academic is both engaging and accessible each detail finely wrought by a true master of the genre Moving and elegantly constructed, The Ship of Dreams is a pure treasure a gem not to be missed Many thanks to the publisher for an advanced review copy.

  9. says:

    Terrific book well written, and very thoroughly researched This is a must for anyone interested in Titanic, and the people who sailed on her.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 The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 1964 I was 11 years old, and emerging into the light of day, I said Gosh, that ship sinking was horrible Lucky nothing like that ever happened in real life And my Mom said, Well, it did actually I think there s a book about it, if you re interested Ha I got Walter Lord s A Night to Remember out of the library, and I have never looked back So, unbeknownst to young Mr Russell, he was playing to a pretty tough audience I ve read the books, I ve watched the documentaries I can quote the Famous Last Words and I will, with no encouragement whatsoever I have Heroes and Heroines, if that word is allowed and Villains, and Little Know Facts As I was reading, I used my Titanic bookmark and drank tea from my Titanic mug And I was very impressed This book is beautifully written, full of genuine interest, occasional very articulate snark always fully deserved , and passion for both the Titanic, and the people who built it and sailed on it, and for the author s hometown of Belfast Full Disclosure 2 since we retired, my husband and I have had to spend about a month each year in Belfast, thanks to a post retirement position my husband has at Queens University Belfast, and I very quickly learned to love the place Russell supplies enough not many people know that facts to keep even the most obsessive happy how did I reach the age of 65 and 3 4 without knowing that Titanic had a ship s cat Named Jenny And she had just given birth to kittens before Titanic left Southamption This has to rate with Shackleton s cat, on the Endurance, as one of the great Tragedies of Feline History The level of detail on the six passengers that he has chosen to focus on the Harland Wolfe designer Thomas Andrew, Isidor and Ida Strauss, The Countess of Rothes, Philadelphia socialite Marian Thayer, and actress Dorothy Gibson is quite incredible, following them before during and after Titanic sank for the survivors, or the families and friends of those who didn t Other passengers, famous and no so, whirl around the orbits of the six chosen individuals, and come into focus now and then, stretching out into all classes of the passengers and crew.Just as a fr instance, I was particularly impressed by the level of detail that allowed Russell to completely revise the image of Thomas Andrews, as the ship was sinking, as being rendered catatonic by shock and guilt, standing staring as, I believe both of the most famous movies would have us see him at the clock on the mantle in the First Class Lounge Russell constructs a timeline showing that, while Tommy Andrews may have had a private moment to collect himself and who could blame him , his last minutes on earth were spend in a flurry of activity aimed on saving lives hustling the hesitant to lifeboats, throwing deckchairs overboard to give those who were already leaping for it something to hang on it, consulting with the Captain And, in fact, Russell believes the evidence the testimony of survivor Jack Thayer shows that Andrews probably left the ship at the last with the Captain, jumping or being swept off the Bridge as the final wave washed over it.Whew I do have some quibbles with Mr Russell I think he s a bit too kind to Bruce Ismay But s that s ok I have enough vitriol for Ismay to offset about ten fair and balanced accounts Puzzlingly, he refers to Walter Lord s classic as a novel unless he s arguing that its reconstruction and dramatization of some scenes makes it a non fiction novel, such as In Cold Blood, I m not sure what that s about.But my only serious hmmm reservation is about Mr Russell s thesis, and the choices it causes him to make Using Titanic as a metaphor for the end of an era of opulence isn t anything new Would this be a good moment for The Onion s WORLD S LARGEST METAPHOR HITS ICEBERG joke Yes No Russell s six individuals are meant to stand for five different types the hereditary Aristocracy Lady Rothes , American plutocracy Marian Thayer and her family , the self made immigrants the Strausses , the Celebrity Dorothy Gibson , and the Corporate Man Andrews.Obviously, the experience of these individuals, before, during and after the sinking of Titanic, was sometimes emblematic of their class, and the specific category that Russell tries to make them represent Within 20 years, the Earl of Rothes had to sell the Scottish estate which had been the family seat for over 500 years The Strauss money never protected them from anti Semitism Dorothy Gibson was already experiencing the special treatment that celebrities get, for both good and ill, that we are very familiar with in the 21st century But sometimes it wasn t The Countess of Rothes seems to have been a lovely woman, who never knowlingly inveigled her rank into special treatment But, of course, it would be obvious to anyone with any perspective that her whole life was one long special treatment Isidor and Ida Strauss refused special consideration, based on their wealth, age and in Mrs Strauss case gender, and chose to die together Sometimes, I m not sure what point these six are supposed to be making for me.The other thing is that Russell s thesis means that passengers from Second and Third Classes, and the crew are only given walk on parts, as extras in the drama of the Chosen Six Russell does this very well but I would have liked to see the same level of detail, where it was possible, about six of the ordinary Folks on board I said at the start that there were two reason s, besides my Titanic obsession, that caused me to advance this book right to the top of my TBR list The first is the marvellous title I love it it s mysterious, and poetic It made me need to read it I love the point that Russell uses it to make, at the end And I m sorely disappointed to discover that the book seems to have been published in the USA under a different, very boring title The second was a bad review in The Guardian Yes, you heard that right The Guardian reviewer felt that the book doesn t work as a morality tale about the collapse of a slipshod civilisation and feels that it fails in that, it s as unconvincing as the ship s haphazard interior, a pile up of the gaudy and the mundane I think she s dead wrong, and the pile up of the gaudy and the mundane is exactly the point, and an almost inescapable one, when you re writing about Titanic The world s largest metaphor doesn t stop at the ship and its date with the iceberg I think this book is a worthy successor to the Walter Lord classic that got me hooked in the first place I think you should read it and make up your own mind

  10. says:

    The Ship of Dreams is a lovingly written and researched volume that centers on the sinking of the Titanic, but also encompasses the history of the society that invented her 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 Rothes, or Lucy Noelle Martha Leslie, who was traveling with a companion and her maid Her life history was educational for its depiction of the aristocracy in England during the Edwardian Era She was also remarkably kind and generous, the type of person I would expect to be lauded in a history such as this.Russell also illustrates the story of Ida and Isidor Straus, an older American couple who did not survive As the lifeboats filled with women and children first, Ida and Isidor refused to be separated, and decided to go down with the ship, together He was the co owner of Macy s department store and had also served as a member of US House of Representatives He came from a family of Jewish immigrants, and had known hardship and prejudice Thomas Andrews, managing director of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, also went down with the ship, while gallantly trying to save as many passengers and crew as possible There are few people like him.There was also teenaged Jack Thayer, son of John B Thayer, second vice present of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who, after seeing his mother off on one of the lifeboats, jumped into the ocean just before the ship went down, and miraculously made it through the freezing night He lost his father and was forever haunted decades later, he would be one of the ten survivors to end his own life.And then there was Dorothy Gibson, and actress, who in contrast, comes across as extremely shallow Her life continued to be interesting J Bruce Ismay, a man who found a place in one of the lifeboats, was tormented forever afterwards with public disgrace, perceived as a coward for not giving up his space for another He wasn t the only man shamed in this manner, an attitude that seems shocking, now There were only about 713 survivors, out of about 2229 on board The Titanic, and on that tragic night, some people were subjected to a test of character few ever have to face There were enough lifeboats to save just a third of the the humans suffering that night, a situation that never should have happened The Titanic s legacy is improved safety, and a mandatory lifeboat drill before every cruise These days, everyone knows where to find a life vest, and everyone knows where to report, in the event of a disaster.The bottom line is, the Titanic s sinking was caused by excessive speed More caution should have been taken while navigating icebergs And sadly, when catastrophe struck, no one was prepared not the crew, who did not realize how much time was needed to deploy the lifeboats, or the passengers, who did not know where their life vests were, or where to report This was the first history I ve read about The Titanic I found it fascinating and would recommend it highly Thank you, Atria Books and Netgalley for an experience I otherwise would not have had

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