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Book details
  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:Social History
  • Language:English
  • Pages:50
  • eBook ISBN:9781620954751

Untold Titanic

The True Story of Life, Death, and Justice

by Marlene Tromp

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Have you ever wondered what the movies about Titanic can’t tell you? Now you can find out.  In a fascinating 50-page excerpt of this extensive study, Marlene Tromp gives you a snapshot of the stories in Untold Titanic.  Exploring the lives of the richest men on the ship--and the poorest--Tromp’s incisive analysis opens up the real romances, the real tragedies, and the real intrigue of this great ship.  Learn more about the millionaire, John Jacob Astor.  Understand why some men were called heroes and others, villains.  Glimpse the hearings on both sides of the Atlantic.  Get your first sense of the money trail, and why it matters. When we get a taste of the truth, it only makes us hungry for more.
Titanic is not simply a sad romance—husbands left behind while wives wept in the lifeboats. Titanic is also a story of children who went down with the ship, of wives who rowed, and of survivors who lived to testify in court—of who lived, who died, and why. It is the story of benefit concerts; of clothing, combs, and hairpins for those who had lost everything; of the crewmember pursued by the lawyers of wealthy survivors; of people the survivors called “crazed Italians” and “savage foreigners.” It is a story of corporate greed, legal manipulations, and government involvement. Nine-tenths of Titanic’s story lies beneath the surface. To truly understand Titanic, we must dive deep. We must grapple with all these details. When we do, this gripping tale—with all its heartbreak, drama, and deception—has the power to teach us a great deal about ourselves: Titanic is a story with teeth. In less time than it takes to watch James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic film, 1,500 people out of the 2,200 aboard perished in one of the most stunningly unexpected tragedies of all time. Go beyond the blockbuster film to encounter the details that make clear why so many children in steerage died—more than all the men in first class. Open the doors to the truth with this dazzling excerpt from Untold Titanic.
About the author
Dr. Marlene Tromp has been writing for three decades—and uncovering the ways that the extraordinary drama of real life can be just as sensational as the wildest fiction. Her work has explored some of the most fascinating and disquieting phenomenon in the nineteenth century, from the business and erotics of the séance to murders that occurred after sexual intimacy to the politics of freak show performers. It is her passion for social justice that has led her to these places on the margins of culture. This same passion has taught her to dislodge the contradictions and deceptions in the historical record—and to tell us what those contradictions and deceptions might mean. Marlene grew up in Wyoming, and the independent spirit of that childhood has led her all over the United States and to research sites throughout the world. From India to Africa to England, from small, private archives to major research libraries, Marlene has studied contemporary maritime disasters and spiritual practices that seek to reshape cultural norms. In all or her work, she offers us ways to expand our vision of not just history, but our own moment in time. Marlene is Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies and Director of the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She has written a number of books and articles on the long nineteenth-century, most of them scholarly books for an academic audience.  These include Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism (SUNY, 2006) and The Private Rod: Sexual Violence, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England (UP Virginia, 2000), as well as of several articles on nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has also edited or co-edited and contributed to Fear and Loathing: Victorian Xenophobia (Ohio State UP, forthcoming) Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in the Nineteenth Century (Ohio State UP, 2007), Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Beyond Sensation (SUNY 2000).  She is working on two new projects: one on the mythologies of money in the nineteenth century and another on homicide between sexually familiar people, Intimate Murder:  Sex and Death in the Nineteenth Century.
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