Titanic: A Survivor's Story Paperback – 1 Mar 2008
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting view from personal experience. Many experiences knitted together nicely gives a very graphic picture of fateful night.Published 9 months ago by Cc platt
I didn't enjoy this because it was repetitive and jumped around too much. The odd part was interesting.Published 9 months ago by Bookworm