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On April 14, 1912, as one thousand men prepared to die, J. Bruce Ismay, the owner of the RMS Titanic, jumped into a lifeboat filled with women and children and rowed away to safety. He survived the ship's sinking—but his life and reputation would never recover.
Examining Ismay through the lens of Joseph Conrad's prophetic novel Lord Jim—and using Ismay's letters to the beautiful Marion Thayer, a first-class passenger with whom he had fallen in love during the voyage—biographer Frances Wilson explores the shattered shipowner's desperate need to tell his story, to make sense of the horror of it all, and to find a way of living with the consciousness of his lost honor. For those who survived the Titanic, the world was never the same. But as Wilson superbly demonstrates, we all have our own Titanics, and we all need to find ways of surviving them.
I don't necessarily dispute Wilson's conclusions, but I do think the provenance should be pointed out.
It was an interesting side bar perhaps, but FAR too much time is spent on it that drags the reader away from the main point of the book for very little useful purpose.
Not enough scholarly work has been written about J. Bruce Ismay, the White Star Lines chief who saved himself from the Titanic while so many others perished.
The early parts of this are a bit slow and tedious, with little new or exciting information, kind of like an extensive biographical term paper. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald J. Bingle
Some interesting info about Bruce Ismay and the Titanic but I found the writing confusing at times. Still, I would recommend.Published 4 months ago by lgr
Others say it more eloquently, and with more detail, but here's the bottom line on this book. Two thirds of it is a look at the life of J. Bruce Ismay in the context of Titanic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Born Band Creature
One of several books ordered and received but i have not had time to read yet. Looking forward to reading it.Published 7 months ago by carol hancock
Ever since my Titanic fascination started I've had a soft spot for Ismay. I felt he was tormented by the American press and thought it extremely unfair to put all the blame on his... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roxanne
The best part of the book for me is the description of the sinking and the subsequent rescue of the survivors. The hour by hour account of J. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cesar Barron
Not enough scholarly work has been written about J. Bruce Ismay, the White Star Lines chief who saved himself from the Titanic while so many others perished. Read morePublished 14 months ago by chatter
I can't figure out whether this book is a nonfiction exploration of Bruce Ismay and his relationship to the Titanic, or a literary musing upon Joseph Conrad's novels and short... Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Daniel
I'll admit it, I never saw the movie "Titanic". I may be the only person alive who can honestly say that. I am interested in history, however, so picked up this book to read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by kdea473