Everyone knows the story of the Titanic… and if they don’t, then the major motion picture might just give them a little background information on one of the biggest tragedies in human history.
What everyone doesn’t know is the story of 8 musicians aboard the Titanic, who, even as the Titanic sank, kept right on playing their songs. Even as people got out into the lifeboats to escape the oncoming doom of the “unsinkable ship”, these 8 men stood on the deck bravely tried to serenade the hectic crowd. They met their deaths in honor, giving their lives… and music… to the survivors of the Titanic.
In The Band that Played On, historian and biographer Steve Turner investigates the lives of these 8 remarkable men, revealing 8 individual stories of bravery, courage, and honor. He lists each one and delegates a section to each of their stories, compiling them into a beautiful volume that will last for years of re-reading. It is sure to be a classic that you can pass on to your children and they to theirs.
I was elated to find this book on the review list. I heard scraps, from different sources, about a band on the Titanic that played to their deaths. I also saw some pictures in children’s books. But it wasn’t until now that the existence, life, and stories of these men manifested themselves to me. I was able to finally read up on their lives, and why they came to their honorable end the way they did.
This is truly an inspirational story that will warm your hearts, even when troubles seem to bite your being like the cold ocean water.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for a review. I was in no way obligated to write a positive review.