Annotations for How to Survive the Titanic : The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay


Baker & Taylor
Accused of cowardice and of dictating the Titanic's excessive speed, Ismay was the first victim of a press hate campaign. He never recovered from the damage to his reputation and never spoke of his beloved ship, the Titanic, again. Wilson explores Ismay's desperate need to tell his story, and to find a way of living with the consciousness of lost honor.

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Baker & Taylor
An account of the Titanic's sinking focuses on the story of the ship's owner, revealing the reasons behind his jump and the reprecussions of his actions.

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the story of the Titanic's owner, revealing the reason's behind his jump and the reprecussions of his actions.

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HARPERCOLL
Award-winning historian Frances Wilson delivers a gripping new account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, looking at the collision and its aftermath through the prism of the demolished life and lost honor of the ship's owner, J. Bruce Ismay. In a unique work of history evocative of Joseph Conrad's classic novel Lord Jim, Wilson raises provocative moral questions about cowardice and heroism, memory and identity, survival and guilt--questions that revolve around Ismay's loss of honor and identity as his monolithic venture--a ship called "The Last Word in Luxury" and "The Unsinkable"--was swallowed by the sea and subsumed in infamy forever.


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