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The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors by Jack Winocour
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Apr 04, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from March 04 to April 04, 2011 — I own a copy

This book is made up of 4 stories of survivors of the Titanic, with amazing photos and drawings as well.
I've broken out my review by each story told.
Overall, just a heartbreaking event that never should have happened. Many brave souls that night.

The Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Its Story And Its Lessons by Lawrence Beesley:
Originally published in 1912. Unabridged...
Guess I dont really need to worry about spoilers with this one.
I don't know where to begin or what to say. I have always been fascinated by this tragic event.
Lawrence Beesley made me feel like I was right there with the passengers. (maybe though, from watching The Titanic?) Watching the movie definetely helped with reading this book. There were many things in the movie, that were true to actual events of the night the Titanic sank. And also some that were not.
So many facts that I was not aware of. How the Californian was within 10 miles of the Titanic, their lights visible from the lifeboats who tried to row toward them (for a short time, until the lights disappeared on the horizon). If their wireless operator were awake, everyone could have been saved from the Titanic. SO many factors and heartbreaking realities....unfilled lifeboats, the calmness of the passengers.....the speeding (to save a couple of hours at sea), and ignoring many warnings of icebergs in the area. So many lessons learned and lives unnecessarily lost by this tragic event. Heartbreaking.

The Truth About The Titanic by Colonel Archibald Gracie:
Originally published in 1913. Unabridged...
This was a very detailed account of the tragic event. Not only does Col. Gracie give his account of what happened and how he survived, but he did extensive research with the other survivors and lists each lifeboat, it's number, when it was lowered, who was on it, and any incidents that occured, as told by the passengers/crew themselves. Incredibly amazing!

Titanic by Commander Lightoller
Originally appeared as Chapters 30-35 of the book Titanic and Other Ships, originally published in 1935. Reprinted through the permission of Mrs. Lightoller. Unabridged...
More technical. Probably because it is coming from a First Officer of the ship. Defended the speed of the Titanic, etc. many factors, hard to point blame at any one person or event of the night.

The Thrilling Tale By Titanic's Surviving Wireless Man
by Harold Bride, as posted in The New York Times, April 28, 1912. Unabridged...
Interesting side of the events of the night told by the wireless operator.
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