La verità sul Titanic

A first hand account of a Titanic survivor

Authors:

Archibald Gracie

Dimensions:

17×24 cm (6,7 x 9,4 inches),
with an illustrated addendum

Pages:

176

Year:

2011

Language:

Italian

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In May 1911, the Titanic was launched in Belfast and presented to the world as “the unsinkable ship”. Less than a year later, in April 1912 , during her maiden voyage , the White Star Line ocean liner collided with an iceberg and sank within hours, bringing over 1,500 people into the icy depths of the Atlantic.

The last dramatic hours of the Titanic were remembered in the 1913 book “The Truth about the Titanic” by the American Archibald Gracie, one of the last passengers to leave the ship before it went down. His meticulous reconstruction analyzed, moment by moment, the launch of the lifeboats, highlighting the lack of preparation and errors that made the tragedy even more dramatic.

His story, reread today, also offers a glimpse of a society in which class differences, already so acute in everyday life, became in such a tragic moment a discrimination between being saved and being left to a horrible fate in the steerage decks. The Italian edition of the book is enriched with rare images of the ill-fated ocean liner and of its sinking from one of the most important photographic archives of the world and with an article analyzing the echoes of the Titanic tragedy in the Italian press.

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