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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750947020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750947022
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Gracie died in December 1912, months after the sinking of the Titanic. Before his death - due to exposure during the sinking of Titanic - he diligently collected facts about the sinking. He provides details of those final moments, including names of passengers pulled from the ocean and of those men who, in a panic, jumped into lifeboats as they were being lowered, causing injury and further danger to life.


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This is perhaps one of the most detailed accounts from one of the Titanic survivors I have come across. Not only does Gracie tell what happened from his own perspective, he also went on a heroic search for accounts from other survivors. I think all titanic historians and enthusiasts owe a lot to Gracie for his tireless research. Originally published in 1913, this book is probably one of the earliest attempts to document what happened aimed at the general public. Because of his traumatic experiences and being submerged in freezing water, Gracie never fully recovered and died later on in 1912. In spite of poor health he nonetheless continued collecting accounts and including the evidence revealed from the American and British investigations. For this, I class him as a hero. It should be noted that some of the things Gracie says no longer tally with what we know about Titanic's last moments. For example, he discredits the numerous accounts from people claiming that she snapped in half. He also vilifies Captain Lord of the Californian which may not be entirely fair - indeed, Lord and his descendants have tried tirelessly over the years to clear his name. Furthermore, some of the prejudice against foreign third class passengers are distasteful to a modern reader, as there are numerous accounts of foreign male passengers jumping in lifeboats and hiding in them, and the impression left is that they assumed such behaviour was to be expected from foreigners. However, where these instances occur, it should be noted that the values upheld then were a lot different and while they cannot be excused, we can at least attempt to understand them. Perhaps the thing that I value the most about this book is that it focuses on people's experiences in the lifeboats. Too often survivors' experiences can be ignored.Read more ›
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A wonderful account of one of the worst maritime disasters in history, the sinking of Royal Mail Ship Titanic.

Written by Colonel Archibald Gracie, we see a wonderful and memorable incite into the days prior to the event, we meet all of the names that have now become forever linked with this event. There is also a blow by blow account of Gracie's escape during the sinking and subsequent rescue.

There are interviews with survivors and stories linked with the sinking. A great book from a great man who wanted to name and publicize as many of the people who lost there lives. He sadly died all to young from his experience during the sinking.

As a side point, Gracie has been depicted in the 50s classic "A Night to Remember" by actor James Dyrenforth and more recently in James Cameron's "Titanic" by actor Bernard Fox, Fox also had a part in "A Night to Remember" as one of the two look outs who were to spot the fatal ice berg.
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Gracie, as others have said, died after the disaster due to his time in the sea, but in the time he had left he managed to collate the accounts of a large number of survivors. After describing his memories of the time immediately after the collision, he orders the accounts of other survivors boat by boat, in an orderly and clear fashion. My only criticism is that he includes a lot of repetition, but that is bound to occur with so many people recalling past events. Before reading this I did not know much about the disaster, and Gracie's work proved to be an excellent introduction to the topic. This is certainly my favourite account of the Titanic's sinking.
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A. Gracie died in dec 1912, months after the sinking of Titanic. Before his death-due to exposure during the sinking of Titanic-he diligently collected facts about the sinking. He is obsessed in underlining facts, from many angles as possible. By removing the 'wheat from the chaff' he is trying to come to terms with the personal disaster he was involved with. He lists names of those in the life boats bears a lot of repeated information, but the writing has clarity and powerfully recreates the events. I read it three times!
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I am like so many people in that I have a fascination about the Titanic disaster. A morbid fascination? Well perhaps because this was a terrible tragedy where over 1500 people lost their lives. But the story still continues to interest many people and for all of us that want to still try and imagine just what it was like that fateful night, then this excellent book from one of the survivors is a must.

Colonel Archibald Gracie gives a vivid account with other survivors also giving their opinions. He obviously wanted answers and it is a story that is written with intelligence, no hint of sensationalism and from someone that was actually there. The fact that he died not long after completing this book makes his account intensely moving and poignant.

I have read quite a few books now about the Titanic and in my opinion this is one of the very best books out there. It is a fitting tribute to a resolute man determined to get to the bottom of his experience. He would prove to be the final victim as the suffering he endured in the lifeboat had a lasting effect on this elderly gentleman. Five stars and richly deserved.
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I grateful to the people who have put their experiences down in writing for the rest of us to have such a little insight into the awful events of that night and how fate conspired to aid their survival against the odds.
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