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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Wilson Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the terrifying, chaotic night of April 14, 1912, while the Titanic was sinking, Bruce J. Ismay, the ship's owner, made a decision that would save his life - and end it. Ismay boarded a lifeboat meant for women and children, and within days became The Most Talked-of Man in the World. Branded a coward, he became a flesh-and-blood embodiment of Joseph Conrad's legendary eponymous character, Lord Jim.

How to Survive the Titanic interweaves numerous historical accounts and sources with insights drawn from Conrad's novels. Unlike other survivors, this pivotal figure never again spoke about the Titanic. This intriguing history offers a sympathetic yet clear-eyed explanation of why - important lessons all of us need in order to survive the tragedies and choices of our own lives.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth Boardman | 2/18/2014

    " Very interesting book! I love the Titanic and could read anything about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracy | 1/18/2014

    " At times the book seems more like a textbook. There is too much discussion of the author, Conrad, who wrote Lord Jim. The facts of Conrad's life and his writings distract from the Ismay story. The book veers off on too many tangents. There are pages of backstory on minor characters to the story. This information could have been conveyed in a more condensed manner. At times, I forgot that it was a story about J. Bruce Ismay when chapters would go by with no mention of him. The chapters that directly discussed Ismay were very interesting and enjoyable to read. I learned many new things and came to know the man better. I now see why he did what though I still am not wild about him as a person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Victoria | 1/10/2014

    " I had no idea of the figurative "sinking" of Titanic's essential owner. The parallels are unbelievable - I loved this book - and the deeper look into the ship - one that delves far past Leo, but reads as good and quickly as any fictional story would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bart | 12/29/2013

    " The Titanic sunk 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. This book focuses on J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line. He jumped into a lifeboat to save himself as the Titanic was sinking. Ismay never recovers emotionally after the Titanic and also never takes any blame for the disaster. I enjoyed the history lesson. "

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