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Titanic: A Survivor's Story the Sinking of the S.S. Titanic

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Two survivors' accounts of the sinking of the Titanic. The information contained in Colonel Gracie's story is available from no other source. He provides details of the 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. Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, calls Graci ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Chicago Review Press
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Lindsay Heller
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, nonfiction
Rating and reviewing this book is sort of difficult. It was an incredibly interesting and very detailed first hand account of the most famous maritime disaster in history, but at times it seemed a bit... too detailed.

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
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This book includes two eyewitness accounts of the sinking of the Titanic. The first is a highly researched account by Colonel Archibald Gracie who survived the night on top of an overturned lifeboat with several other men. The second account by John B. Thayer is much shorter but no less interesting. Thayer is the son of a railroad tycoon who went down with the ship. I've read several books about the Titanic to find that nothing compares with eyewitness accounts. I would recommend this book to an ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two detailed accounts from survivors of the Titanic sinking. The colonel's story was completed soon after the sinking,while Thayer's account came later. Each story is a product of it's time. Racism is blatant in the accounts. It is helpful to know first-hand how the real people thought about the world in such an honest way. Archibald Gracie's account is systematic in listing what he knows and has researched. The Colonel goes through each lifeboat, lists the occupants he knows of and has a discus ...more
Samantha Glasser
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Colonel Archibald Gracie was on board the Titanic when it sank. He was one of the lucky men who was able to cling to a capsized lifeboat for survival. He details his account of the crossing, both before and after the iceburg. He mentions many people he spoke to on the voyage, hoping to bring comfort to any families whose loved ones he encountered who did not survive. This book seems to have been a form of therapy for Gracie and he hoped it would help to answer questions about the sinking.

The la
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The last 30 pages by author #2 was much better than the whole rest of the book. Too many court transcripts.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book consists of two survivors accounts. The first is by Colonel Archibald Gracie, entitled Titanic: A Survivor's Story, the second is by John B. Thayer, entitled The Sinking of the S.S. Titanic. It is a great book, and definitely worth reading if you are interested in the Titanic. Received this as a gift from my aunt last year, but I read this when I was about 12 years old.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very good read. The writing has held up in my opinion. Mr. Gracie was not quite a man when the ship went down but in the end he became a real one. His depiction of the last moments of Titanic still stay in my mind.
Stacy LeVine
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very important book. The two accounts herein comprise what was the full historical record of the Titanic disaster until Bob Ballard found the wreck in 1985. Not to be missed for the history buffs out there!
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Colonel Gracie's story of surviving combined with testimonies of other Titanic survivors was interesting but hard to read. Very technical and repetitive.

Mr. Thayer's account was interesting, not so technical, so much easier to read.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fascinating account of events from a survivor; I read the Kindle edition which I advise you to avoid. It was full of typos and some entire pages that were unreadable. Otherwise, well worth the read. I read this book primarily for research purposes, and it fit the bill.
Martin Turnbull
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Although somewhat repetitive in the second half and a little formally written (in 1912 by a colonel so we can’t blame him for that), this was quite an interesting view of that fateful night written by one of the last living survivors still on the Titanic when it went down.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
This was an interesting review of the Titanic's fated night. Extremely thorough, though with an obvious bias to the upper-class that he comes from, it mostly reinforced what I already knew, although there were a few surprises. What a terrible tragedy that was.
Dec 13, 2009 rated it liked it
loved it, it was told what really happen
Norma Bush
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-ficton
Interesting account, written within months of the sinking.
Marissa Sherman Deziel
This book was informative but hard to get through seeing that the second half of the book were accounts from passengers who survived as well as court proceedings and affidavits.
Adam Christian Smith
First person accounts - chilling reminders.
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