How to Survive the Titanic

How to Survive the Titanic

The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

eBook - 2011
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Accused of cowardice and of dictating the Titanic's excessive speed, Ismay was the first victim of a press hate campaign. He never recovered from the damage to his reputation and never spoke of his beloved ship, the Titanic, again. Wilson explores Ismay's desperate need to tell his story, and to find a way of living with the consciousness of lost honor.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062094568
0062094564
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 328 p., [32] p. of plates) : ill., map
Alternative Title: Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

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List - Titanic: Part 3
vpl_oakridge Mar 29, 2013

Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, found himself in a difficult position in the morning of April 15th: should he remain on the Titanic or should he take an empty seat that was available in a lifeboat directly in front of him. Having decided upon the latter option, he spent the rema... Read More »


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Janice21383
Feb 12, 2013

A melancholy and rambling biography of a melancholy and rambling man. Wilson muses on the ethics of survival, and the Edwardian assumptions that would soon be shot to hell by World War I. Recommended for steam punks and readers of Josef Conrad.

milkandcheese Jun 28, 2012

While the book is generally well written, Frances Wilson works too hard to rehabilitate Bruce Ismay. Comparisons with "Lord Jim" are dragged in to pad the book (which could easily have been edited). The background of the Ismay family is one of coldness and devotion to money. Bruce Ismay is a curiously hollow figure with no apparent sense of ethics...he actually began to court the widow of one of the TITANIC'S passengers in a series of letters that she finally ended when she realized who, or what, she was dealing with. Ismay richly deserves the ignominy and much of the responsibility for the disaster rests with him.

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