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About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (June 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421248484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421248486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,569,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a haunting tale of Gracie's survival the night the Titanic sunk. It is quite a read, however it is certainly written in the 'tongue' of the early 20th century. It is interesting to hear the point of view of someone who went through so much the night the Titanic sunk and to see what was happening around him. It does have its flaws though, and while it must be remembered that was the way of the times it is still a bit much to stomach at times. Gracie was a first class passenger therefore he spoke almost exclusively of those in first class. When he spoke of anyone from steerage it was very clear he thought of them almost as another species. He was quite degrading of them, the way they dressed and the way they spoke. Of course we knew many first class passengers on that boat, or on any boat would feel the third class passengers were not worth their time and would feel as though they were much better than anyone in the classes below them, it was still a little infuriating to read that arrogance. Nevertheless, it's a good book to read to get a truthful look at that night.
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By Mazda 6 on September 10, 2012
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After all the articles, books and movies concerning this tragedy, this book from the past offers little new. However, as the account of someone who was there,it makes interesting reading and helps bring some of the tragedy into better focus to our modern eyes. The author states simply what he saw, heard, experienced, and knew and does not editorialize. It includes some material from the American and British inquiries afterward. It's too late now, of course, but it would have been a good book to read first before all the other material available now.
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The truth is that Mr. Gracie wrote his story as he experienced it , but then included all the inquiries thereafter. Over and over the same or very similar stories are told. The book could have been written about 1/3 of the length. Had a hard time staying awake. Writing was very bland and boring.
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As I have read several books on the Titanic, this one is by far the most exciting, and informative out of a half dozen or so books on this subject that I've ever read ! I have archived this book forever to re-read as I am a true Titanic fan! Remember, Colonel Gracie survived this great disaster only to live long enough (eight months) to put the details of the sinking into a very informative, detailed account of what generally happened on that tragic night of April 14th, 1912. I recommend this read to all history buffs, as it's one of the most fatal happenings of the vast oceans!
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Mr Gracie writes with truth from being on the Titanic that horrible night. He recalled everything he saw in detail and gave so much information on private lives of his fellow 1st class passengers For instance who they were, where they were from and how they made thier money. I could not put this book down
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The Truth About the Titanic is an in depth and yet haunting tale of survival on the tragic night of April 15th 1912 when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk into the bitter Atlantic Ocean, taking with it more than 1,500 poor souls. The author re-tells the events of that fateful night from his own perspective as well as countless other survivors that he interviewed.
Of all the Titanic books I've read over the years, this particular book gathers the most intensely detailed descriptions of that night from the actual survivors. Each perspective is overlapping as the author exhaustively plotted who was in each and every lifeboat. From a modern perspective, knowing what we do now 100+ years later about the ship and what happened that tragic night, reading this book gives insight to how vastly different one's idea of what happened can be. The author even talks about this at several points in the book since the ship was so big, it was impossible to know what was going on elsewhere from one's own perspective. For instance, Gracie truly believed that ship went down intact despite people like Jack Thayer, that he interviewed swearing otherwise.
Keep in mind that the book can be disjointed at times but I do not blame the author. It is quite obvious by the in-depth nature of detail that Gracie strived for while writing this book. Unfortunately he passed away before he could formally edit the book or write a conclusion.
My only complaint of this book, is not its length or it's mild disjointed nature but rather that Gracie only focused on the First Class Passengers and crew. The second and third class passengers at many points were only offered the barest of sentences let alone paragraphs. Yet stories on the First Class Passengers filled the majority of this book.
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A nice window into how the "upper classes" thought in those days. We know now that some of the observations Gracie made were wrong. But all in all, a good period book.
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By Larry on March 15, 2015
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too monotone by reader
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