||From an acclaimed biographer, a riveting account of what happened to the survivors of the Titanic—to be published in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.April 14, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. While much has been written about the great ship, her shocking demise, and those who perished, very little has been devoted to the hundreds of survivors. In Shadow of the Titanic, Andrew Wilson offers a moving look at how their lives were affected by living through this catastrophic event.For the first time ever, those who lived to tell the tale reveal how they coped in the aftermath. Using archival research and interviews with family members, Wilson offers a unique take on this fascinating story. He shows how some survivors used their experience to propel themselves on to fame and how others were wracked with guilt and refused to acknowledge they had been there. Some reputations were destroyed, and some survivors were so psychologically damaged that they took their own lives years later. From the famous survivors like Bruce Ismay and Madeline Astor—who became a bride, a widow, and a mother all within a year—to lesser known survivors Dorothy Gibson and the Navartil brothers—who were traveling under assumed names because they were being abducted by their father—Shadow of the Titanic offers a host of astonishing stories that add an important new dimension to our understanding of this legendary disaster.
||When the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank into the frigid waters of the Atlantic on its maiden voyage in April 1912, just 705 people--mostly first-class passengers--survived. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster, Andrew Wilson's book examines the sometimes tortured lives of those who were rescued. Among them are Annie Robinson, a crew member who committed suicide two years after the disaster by jumping off the deck of another ship, and Helen Bishop, a passenger, who survived a serious car crash soon after her rescue, only to trip on a rug and suffer a fatal injury in 1916. The book will provide a wealth of little-known information for the countless people still fascinated by the Titanic, even after a century.