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Academy Chicago Publishers, 1986 - Shipwrecks - 323 pages
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Archibald Gracie was probably among the last to leave the sinking Titanic on that cold April night in 1912. His is the most accurate contemporary account of what happened from the moment that the great liner hit the iceberg. the author had gone to bed early that night but was awakened by the shudder that ran through the ship as she struck. In the first part of the book he describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the icy waters of the Atlantic. From then on he tells the story of each and every boat that escaped from the Titanic in her death-throes.

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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 ... Read full review


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Struck By an Iceberg
The Foundering of the Titanic

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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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