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Titanic: 5 stories from survivors

From 'Shadow of the Titanic' by Andrew Wilson, here are the stories of five of the people who made it out of the Titanic disaster.

- Randy Dotinga, Monitor contributor

Madeleine Force Astor

2. The Rich Man's Bride

Wilson writes that the life of Madeleine Force Astor is "too far-fetched for fiction." I'll let him explain: "Who could believe that she could be a bride, a widow, an heiress and a mother all in the course of a single year?" And that's just the beginning. This 20-year-old woman, who married John Jacob Astor IV, one of the richest men in the world (almost three times her age), survived the Titanic and went on to live a life full of catastrophes and betrayals.

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