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Why the Titanic Was Seen As a Symbol of Luxury

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Why the Titanic Was Seen As a Symbol of Luxury

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The sinking of the Titanic is rightly remembered as a tragic loss of historic proportions. But when it happened, it also became something else: a rare window into the extraordinary wealth of its passengers.


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American royalty: a potent combination of popularity, glamour, money, and power. In the early 20th century, the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts build empires and spend fortunes. The Roosevelts and Kennedys spawn political dynasties. And news magnate William Randolph Hearst records it all, using film to cash in on the glitzy lives of the rich and famous. Now, through rare archival footage and home movies, get a colorful inside look at these storied families working hard and playing hard.

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