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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Voyagers of the Titanic ~ Giveaway and Review

Now that the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is almost here, I've had the blessed opportunity to be able to review some incredible new books out about the disaster. One such incredible book is called, Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines.

In this historical non fiction book, Richard takes the readers some place most books have never gone, in depth into the back stories behind everything you've ever wanted to know regarding the Titanic, those who built her and sailed on that fateful voyage. He introduces you to the first, second and third class passengers as if you meet each of the people he describes in detail. From what the menu consisted of, to what they did for entertainment on each of the class decks and most interestingly, where the iceberg may have originated from.

While most books that you'll have an opportunity to read on the sinking of the Titanic will often give you an overview of what happened that night and how she inevitably sank, this one brings to life all the souls she lost and even those who survived that night. While did the California not respond to her distress messages, why would a seasoned Captain ignore the warning of an iceberg, how did Margaret Brown become so friendly with John Jacob Astor IV, one of the richest men on board, how much did the tickets cost that separated each class from one another, and were second and third class passengers really prevented from escaping aboard the lifeboats as James Cameron depicted in his movie? All these amazing questions are answered in this book along with so much more, that if you are a Titanic fan yourself or know of someone who is, this is the perfect book!

Discover what some people died with as they departed the Titanic, what some considered most valuable to them; learn how Titanic was built and what precautions were considered in her building to address three vital factors ship builders at the time had to address; what did Margaret Brown do before she became a wealthy woman; why did the Titanic not have enough lifeboats on board; what items were brought on board the Titanic by all the classes of people; how did fate play a role in people who chose to cancel their tickets and didn't die on the Titanic; why didn't some people when told to get into a lifeboat, instead went back their rooms even though the ship was clearly taking on water?

I received Voyagers of the Titanic compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins publishers for my honest review and thoroughly enjoyed reading about this fated ship from beginning to the very end. Being a huge fan of history and the Titanic, I enjoyed reading about Margaret Brown and John Jacob Astor's unique connection as well as chapters dividing into each class of passengers; from whom they were, how much they paid, what their accommodations were like, what they ate, and what happened when each learned that the ship had hit an iceberg, what did it sound like where they were and so much, much more! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan to re-read this one again and again. There is even a section of photos that takes the reader back to the ship almost a hundred years ago.

For more information on this book, the author and where to pick up a copy of this book, please click on the links below:

Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines

Thanks to the generous folks at Harper Collins, they are offering a giveaway copy of this book to one lucky follower of this blog, Reviews From The Heart. Here's your guidelines to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart and leave a comment on this giveaway post on Facebook, you may have to scroll down a few to find it depending on when you get there.

3. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Remember No P.O. Boxes please!

4. Leave a comment here telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this beautiful hard-cover book. Don't forget to include your email address along with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

I will notify the winner of this giveaway via email when it ends on April 10th!


  1. I am a follower of your blog, several ways,
    I like your Facebook page and left a comment there (Wendy Newcomb),
    I am a resident of the US,

    I would love to win this for my daughter, she loves anything to do with the Titanic!


  2. I "Like" your Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart and I left a message there

  3. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book. I love anything about the Titanic. Please enter me in contest.

  4. I have been fascinated with the stories of the people of the Titanic. I taught a 6th grade class where I assigned a name of a Titanic crew or passengter to each of my students (over 100) . They had to reasearch to find out what was their assigned person's place - 1st, 2nd, 3rd class or crew member. Then had to write about that person's life as well as tell about the living conditions onboard ship. Then I crowded all the kids in the hall - packed like sardines. Using a bullhorn, I announced names, those whose assigned name was called had to sit down - representing they did not live. The few standing represented those people who lived through the sinking of the Titanic. As you can see, I love reading about this ship.

    clenna at aol dot com

  5. I have been interested in the Titanic for as long as I can remember. I have read many books as well as old articles about it. I have watched many shows some real some fiction about the Titanic. I guess you can say I am a little crazy over the Titanic. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  6. My daughter and I have always benn fascinated with stories of the Titanic.
    I follow via GFC. And email.
    I live in the US.
    I like your FB page and left a comment. Lisa Holmes Garrett

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  7. I'm a folower.
    Like you on facebook and left a comment.
    I'd love to read this book the Titanic has always be of great interest to me since reading Clive Cusslers Raise The Titanic back in the 1780's.

  8. I've always been fascinated with reading about the events leading up to the sinking of the Titanic. I would enjoy this book.

    I am a follower.

    Like you one facebook.


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