Titanic: A Survivor's Story
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...more
If you are looking for an emotional account of the Titanics first and only crossing this is NOT the book for you. Although most of the details of this famous crossing are tragic, this is more of an accounting of what happened from the moment the Titanic struck the Iceburg to the last passengers recall before a panel of judges what happened in ghost fateful hours.
If you enjoy getting into and understanding the minutia...more
The first five chapters of the book are Colonel Gracie's story of what happened to him the last day on board of the ship and during the actual sinking and thereafter.
What makes this book really special is that Gracie also tracked down as many people as he could find who survived the sinking to collect a...more
The first part of Colonel Archibald Gracie's portion of this book read almost like a novel. He told his experience, splashing in details he learned later. Then he rewound and accounted for the experience of every single lifeboat, often times from many different accounts. I don't do...more
Colonel Gracie was no...more
There's an interesting aspect in this book though: it still reflects the stratified view of society at the time. The author, being a 1st Class passenger, only names other first class members and members of the ships crew as long as they aren't servants or stokers. Second class p...more
Mr. Thayer's account was interesting, not so technical, so much easier to read.