The Truth About the Titanic [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Truth About the Titanic

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Overview

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.

The sinking of the Titanic in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912 is arguably the most famous peacetime maritime disaster of modern history, and one that continues to capture popular imagination a century later.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443433136
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 462,388
  • File size: 469 KB

Meet the Author

Colonel Archibald Gracie IV was an American writer, real estate investor, and survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. Gracie was a member of the prominent Gracie family, which had built the famed Gracie Mansion, currently the residence of the mayor of New York City. He wrote two books, The Truth About Chickamauga and The Truth About the Titanic, a detailed account of the sinking from a survivor’s perspective. Gracie’s health suffered as a result of the ordeal, and he passed away less than eight months later, his dying words being “We must get them all into the boats.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Amazing book

    Well written and heart breaking read. Anyone with an interest in Titanic should take the time to read and absorb the story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Outstanding!highly recommended

    Anyone with any interest in the Titanic and learning about it thru the survivors prospective will find this a great reading experience.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Great

    I love it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    Very informative

    I have read many books about the Titianic but few give the minute by minute account of what exactly went on right before, during and after the sinking of the ship. It was very interesting to read about each life boat and the people in them. It is a very good account of the going ons. I would recommend this to any one remotely interested in the Titanic.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Truthful personal experience of a tragedy

    I've read three books written by survivors of the Titan, and this one is by far the best. It is written in an easy to read style, but is complete and thorough in its coverage of the event. If you only read one book by a Titan survivor, this one should be it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Some Interesting Facts - somewhat dry.

    I still haven't finished this book, since others are more interesting to me. It is a first-person account of the actual ship going down, who was on it, how they acted. Some of that was interesting to me, but am not familiar with the many names, so it wasn't as meaningful to me in this day and age.

    There are some accounts of people having much courage, and that was inspiring...just a slow book in general.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Fact filled, dry

    In no way would I romanticize the sinking of the Titanic. However, after reading this gentleman's account, I was satisfied. What happened was tragic, lifechanging for each survivor, but he continued on with American and British inquiries, the opinions of nearly all the survivors in each of the lifeboats, ad nauseum. I got the idea without rehashing it for another 100 pages. Alright already!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Very good

    It was good to read and "indisputable" Titantic story. A tragic true tale of who lives and who dies due to man's overconfidence and arrogance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Recommended

    Interesting but too repetitive in certain chapters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Great

    You guys should stop talking about gfs and start talking about the book. Anyway, it is a great book for anyone who is intrested in what happened to the Titanic.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    To liam

    What about zoie

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Great perspective from a survivor of the disaster.

    Fascinating read, written by Archibald Gracie. Really gives insight as to how the drama played out the night of the sinking. There are a few spots where the words are out of place, but still an easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Epic

    It was Awesome

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    The factual information was very interesting. However, the same

    The factual information was very interesting. However, the same information was repeated, almost verbatim, over and over again with each individual's account of the event. The author gave the same accounting for each and every lifeboat on the ship and sometimes more than one individual within that lifeboat. If lifeboat 2 had 3 accounts associated with it, the author started from the beginning as to the number and names of each individual on that boat for each individual telling. It was so repetitive that I had to force myself to finish it. I felt like I was in the twilight zone because I had just read the same information a few pages ago. I have read many books on the Titanic and this was probably the worst I've read. Extremely dry and flat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    The true story

    This story is not a make up story. This is what really did accure. If you want fairy tale do not get this as this tells facts not not made up. So do not find flault with the true facts.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Tjis is the worst book ever

    Hpribe

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Brigit

    On...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 10, 2010

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    Posted May 5, 2012

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    Posted June 7, 2013

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