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The Truth About the Titanic [Kindle Edition]

Archibald Gracie
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With time running out and the decks awash with the sea, first-class passenger Archibald Gracie was one of the last people to escape the sinking of the Titanic, clinging to an overturned collapsible boat before being rescued. Once safe on the Carpathia, Gracie immediately began writing what has become one of the definitive books on the tragedy. The Truth About the Titanic is Gracie’s detailed account of not just his experience the night of April 15, 1912, but that of each of the lifeboats launched that night, as well as the testimony at the inquiry that followed. Although Gracie died before his book was published, The Truth About the Titanic is recognized as one of the most complete and accurate accounts of the tragedy.

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1913. Sixteen Illustrations. Contents: The Last Day Aboard Ship; Struck By an Iceberg; The Foundering of the Titanic; Struggling in the Water for Life; All Night on Bottom of Half-Submerged Upturned Boat; The Port Side: Women and Children First; Starboard Side: and Women First, But Men When There Were No Women.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1421248484
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (13 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BCGFP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real first hand account. 28 April 2012
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This must be one of the first books anyone with an interest in the Titanic disaster must read. It is a first hand account by a survivor, already an accomplished and proficient author and is well researched with testimony of other survivors taken from the UK and American inquiries which took place shortly after the disaster itself. The book is well written easy to read but clearly well researched and authoritative.

The kindle version has been well made, with the text well laid out and easy to read.

Make this your starting point when studying the most famous maritime disaster of all time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely Kindle offer 19 May 2012
By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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One of the first detailed account of the Titanic disaster by a survivor, who employed what turned out to be the last few months of his life to collect evidence from other survivors and make a detailed study of both the British and American enquiries, extended extracts from which are quoted in this book. I was particularly struck by the defence of his client's action which Ismay's counsel gave in response to criticism at the Board of Trade enquiry.

A detailed list of lifeboats/collapsible craft, and numbers of crew and passengers in each, makes up the second half of the narrative, the number of half-empty craft underlining the inability of safety at sea regulations to cope with major emergencies on the new giant ships. Modern readers familar with the period will note Gracie's tendency to praise the virtue of Anglo-Saxon passengers, in contrast to those of other nations, and his practice of naming all the first class passengers rescued, while second and third class remain mere numbers: both not untypical of the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read 5 May 2013
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Truly an outstanding work of passion and fact.
A definitive read for any Titanic enthusiast or those merely starting their obsession with the greatest ship of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read 27 Feb 2014
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The writer really draws you in and you really do feel as though you as are there on that terrible night. It is written not for dramatic effect but simply for the way it was .
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting account 22 Feb 2014
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I did enjpy reading about this although I was dissapointed to find that the author died within a year and there was no story following the sinking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent non- fiction 25 Jan 2014
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An interesting read, a bit repetitive, but I read it to the end. Unlikely to recommend to others as good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Women and children first? 24 Jan 2014
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An in depth detailed account methodically researched.The author drawing on testimony from both the British and American boards of enquiry and , arguably more enlightening, personal evidence given by passengers and crew.However I found reading most of it tedious as the author will relate _ for example _ the events surrounding the launch of each life boat,backed up with further testimony from survivors repeating ,albeit in a slightly different way,something previously read.Despite the horrors unfolding that night I was struck by the overwhelming adherence to both class and moral duty. When women and children first was called, did most of the men really politely say goodbye to wives and partners and accept death? TIme and again the author lists 'no men' as lifeboat passengers and records that the men stood back.There's very little mention third class or steerable passengers . Not a bad read but also not one you'd call un put downable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring 11 Sep 2013
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This is an attempt to authenticate the facts as observed by the author from all the evidence he has gathered.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit let down
Was looking forward to reading this, but it is a bit of a let down to be honest. Is written in a not very flowing manner and is quite tedious. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alan Tickner
5.0 out of 5 stars A fasinating read.
This book will be loved by any titanic enthusiast. Its a true but sad story and very moving. Well worth it.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional !!!!!!
The author really takes you there, clearly an emotional journey for him, but also for us reading it. Truly a remarkable gentleman and a wonderfully respectful book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J.D. Msf
4.0 out of 5 stars The truth about the Titanic Kindle version
Interesting read. The truth will eventually be known but whether it makes a difference about the tragic sinking of this magnificent ship is another matter. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chrisace
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I found this book very readable although in modern context somewhat dated but an important addition to the library of Titanic sources.
Published 13 months ago by John Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Titanic disaster
Very interesting with some different views to other books. A good read, but how the passengers survived, God only knows. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lady TB10 pilot
4.0 out of 5 stars The truth about the Titanic.
As I have been interested in the subject of the building,fitting and sinking of this great ocean liner for many years,and have read numerous books on the matter I look forward to... Read more
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