Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines

I have a huge, and at times odd, fascination with all things Titanic. It started when I first heard about it in the second grade and since then, I’ve read and watched as much as I can about the disaster. It’s hard to spring information on me that I don’t already know. However, this book was able to bring more depth to my knowledge and brought more people out in the story I hadn’t known much about.

The set up of this book was simple to follow and allowed for a lot of information about each different aspect of the ship and its people. The first section focus on the building of the ship and the people connected with its construction. The second section looked at the passengers, broken down by class and crew. The last section was the most difficult for me to read because it dealt with the sinking and the aftermath, both for those on the ship and those that had lost someone. It was heartbreaking to read and brought tears to my eyes.

This book was extremely well researched and detailed, but not to the point of reading more like an essay than a book. It brought an even more human element to the disaster. It’s one thing to know that so many people died, but this book brings to life those that sailed and passed away on that trip. It makes the tragedy even more real and important, even after 100 years.

I know this book isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a book about the people of the Titanic, this is a great book to pick up and read.

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