Titanic

Overview

Archibald Gracie was probably among the last to leave the sinking Titanic on that cold April night in 1912. His is the most accurate contemporary account of what happened from the moment that the great liner hit the iceberg. He describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the icy waters of the Atlantic, and chronicles the rescue of the survivors who escaped from the Titanic in her death-throes. He gives the names of passengers and crew loaded aboard; those picked out of the water; the ...
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Overview

Archibald Gracie was probably among the last to leave the sinking Titanic on that cold April night in 1912. His is the most accurate contemporary account of what happened from the moment that the great liner hit the iceberg. He describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the icy waters of the Atlantic, and chronicles the rescue of the survivors who escaped from the Titanic in her death-throes. He gives the names of passengers and crew loaded aboard; those picked out of the water; the stowaways found; the men who jumped from the deck onto boats being lowered, injuring the occupants and endangering their lives; and the passengers transferred to the rescuing Carpathia. Throughout the summer of 1912, Gracie felt unwell but struggled to complete his account of the sinking of the Titanic. Largely due to the effects of his ordeal and exposure in the frigid Atlantic, he finally succumbed on December 4, 1912, at his ancestral home in New York. Many survivors of the disaster, including some he had saved, were at his graveside; together with members of his regiment, the Seventh. This book was published in 1913 to universal acclaim and remains one of the most vivid and truthful first-hand records of disaster at sea.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fascination with the sinking of the Titanic still runs high, as indeed it has since 1912, so this firsthand account is a good addition to any collection. It is sometimes excruciatingly detailed, but this very elegantly written narrative by a man who actually did sink with the ship (he was later hauled into a lifeboat) is often riveting. The reading by Frederick Davidson is almost annoyingly matter-of-fact and even singsong, recounting horrific sights and sounds in an offhand manner that does not really suit the material, but this can be overcome by the listener's imagination, well-fueled by Gracie's descriptions. The book ends quite abruptly; Gracie died the following December from the effects of his ordeal and did not get a chance to write his planned summary. Titanic buffs will love this on-the-spot reporting; others will also find much to enjoy and ponder. Recommended for all general collections.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
LA Times
"...a definitive account..."
Philadelphia Enquirer
"Sometimes amazingly priggish, at others unwittingly funny, the colonel was also possessed of a fierce tenacity, a sturdy kind of dignity and a feeling of controlled outrage at what he thougt was gross negligence."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786114702
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

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