Titanic: A Survivor's Story

Titanic: A Survivor's Story

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by Colonel Archibald Gracie
     
 

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Here is a survivor's vivid account of the greatest maritime disaster in history. The information contained in Gracie's account is available from no other source. 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

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Here is a survivor's vivid account of the greatest maritime disaster in history. The information contained in Gracie's account is available from no other source. 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. Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, comments that Gracie's book—written shortly before he died from the exposure he suffered on that night—is "invaluable for chasing down who went in what boat," and calls Gracie "an indefatigable detective."

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750947022
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Titanic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
booknutpam More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking I knew alot about the sinking of this ship but I knew little! This book provides a great perspective
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really touched me and made me think of what actually happened on 'The Day of The Titanic Sank.' I wouldn't know what to do, like if I was going to er see my family again or see another day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book for kids because im a kid. I am only 10 years old I read this book thinking that I was going to read one page and never read it ever,ever again. But I like this book sooo much that my parents have to say GET OFF YOUR NOOK!! Love this book and theres 175 pages in the book!!! Love always,Jaylee Elmer
KITTEN55 More than 1 year ago
Great selection for an online bookstore. Both the site online and the store are places that I could spend a lot of time and money (if I had it).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book, but the title alone lost me. If the writers can't even get the name of the ship right in the title how can they be expected to get any other facts correct? The Titanic was not the SS Titanic, she was the RMS Titanic. I could probably go throgh this book and point out each error there is sure to be as a devoted Titanic history buff.
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I couldn't finish this book. I absolutely LOVE non-fiction books and reading about real life events, but this book was awful! It is very rare for me to not finish something I started, but after 100 pages of this, I couldn't do it. It was very repetitive and boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone interested in a first hand account of the sinking. Goes into emotional and spiritual accounts. Mr Gracie describes his descent with the Titanic and his miraculous survival. Best Titanic acciunt I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its kinda boring + long. Why is it so long?
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Am i too young if im 12 to read this... im a strong reader
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Is it a good book tobread at a 7th to 8th grade level?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have loved to b on thebtitanic if it haddent sinked and if i was even born yet!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But awsome movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The titanic is so cool! I feel so bad for those who didn't survive. The titanic is an inspiring story. I also totally recommend the movie with leonardo de caprio or whatever his name is and anyway i am a total die-hard fan of his. Awesome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need serious help with your grammer. - kaila
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H was a horrifi event on he history o the united tates. I feel realy srtrongly about that you should rea ty boo because it tels a lot avou the sip and excatly how it sankk so read the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a good book! Can't wait to buy!