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.

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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