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Titanic 1912: The original news reporting of the sinking of the Titanic [Kindle Edition]

Ken Rossignol
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Book Description

The original facts and details of the Titanic disaster from the newspapers of the world bring forward the story in a vivid and striking way!
Join the news stories in action as the first reports told of the RMS Titanic being towed to Halifax and all the passengers saved in erroneous first reports.
Learn how the survivors were saved and about the heroes of the night who sacrificed their own lives so that others may live.
The story of the heroes and the wonderful new wireless device that was so critical in saving lives as well as startling new details of a fire on board the Titanic which had been burning since the ship left port in Southampton. These details and others were on the front pages of great newspapers beginning hours after the ship sank. The U.S. Senate convened a hearing three days following the plunge to the ocean floor by the greatest ship ever built to that day.
Why did Capt. Smith ignore warnings of ice fields ahead?
Why were there only enough lifeboats for one-third of the passengers?
Was the ship speeding?
See the best photos and graphics that survive from the original coverage in this great book AND in the paperback version now available on Amazon.
This book on Kindle by a 21st century reporter looking back at the most significant disaster to that day in the 20th century will help you separate the facts from the fiction.

Editorial Reviews


Best Titanic Narrative Since - Lord's "Night to Remember!"
If you want to know the true 1912 saga of the Sinking of the Titanic --- this book is for you! Rossignol, a professional journalist by trade, has researched the news reports that came out in the newspapers of 1912. --- Bruce M. Caplan, author of the best-selling book, The Sinking of the Titanic, now in its 18th edition.

From the Author

This book brings to life some of the very best writing about the story of the Titanic, from the newspapers of the day, both in England and America. While the first reporting of the story was tragically wrong - there were reports that the Titanic was under tow to Halifax and all the passengers had been safely tranferred to the Virginian, those reports were quickly corrected. The truth came rushing through to London and New York, racing through the air waves carrying the wireless reports.
One of the first to get the news of the Titanic sinking "by the head" was a young Marconi operator sitting in a wireless station high atop Wannamaker's Department Store in New York City.  That young man was but 21 years old but his name would forever be connected with the news. He was David Sarnoff, who went on to found the NBC radio and then television networks.
As a reporter and editor for over twenty years, checking the facts and digging for details has become second nature. Going back into the actual news stories of 1912 and finding gems of writing as well as reporting was a pleasure. Bringing them to life now and comparing them to modern news coverage and offering my views on them is the purpose of this book. Included here are many of the great images and graphics produced by newspapers of the day. They worked on tight deadlines and in many cases produced great work in a short period of time.  Please enjoy this book! - Ken Rossignol

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  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475111460
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  • Language: English
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful overview June 9, 2012
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This book whetted my appetite for more information about the false reporting that occurred after the Titanic struck the iceberg. For example, from where did the stories come that all had been saved and that the Titanic was being towed after the collision?

Why did a departing crew take the field glasses with them? Were they personally-owned? If so, then the boarding crew should have brought their own. If not, then the departing crew stole them as souvenirs and deprived the enroute crew of valuable and necessary equipment.

The author collected information from numerous sources and put it all in one easy-to-read e-book.

My original download of the e-book did not include the photographs. When I noted that in my review yesterday, the author contacted me and also contacted about the photographs' not being included. quickly added the photos to the file, and the author advised me that I could request Amazon. com to re-load the e-book to my device. I called today through their amazing telephone callback system, and customer service rep. Hillary quickly and professionally helped me.

My thanks to the author and to I now have the complete book with the photographs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars book itself was great, but..... May 2, 2012
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The book was great. The articles and stories and the order of how things happened was awesome. I actually learned quite a bit. However, my major interest in this book prior to purchase for my Kindle Fire would be the photographs. Though the description for every picture was there, there were no pictures anywhere, so that was a big disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra, Extra, Read All About It January 14, 2014
By Suzanne
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One can almost hear those words as the book unfolds. I enjoyed the presentation of information in the book since it is drawn from actual reporting of the sinking by the media at the time. Some of the reproductions of newspaper pages and photos aren't clearly readable in a Kindle format but that seems to be a drawback to digital books. Too bad that we can't "pinch" and increase size for clarity.

I was able to get this book when it was offered at no cost back in 2012 for a short time but have just now gotten around to reading it. Although I enjoyed it, I wouldn't pay today's pricing of $3.99. If you have a fascination with Titanic, be on the lookout for a sale on the book as you will probably enjoy reading from the perspective of the news as it unfolded at the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 4, 2013
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I love Titanic books of any nature. Yes they are almost the same but with different points of view and that is what makes it good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Read April 14, 2012
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This was a grand read. Reading the news accounts of the period was very enlightening. Even today's news tends to jump the gun on news items before all the facts are known. This event was no different. I enjoyed this book a great deal and highly recommend this to any Titanic fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A review by Anthony T. Riggio of the book "Titanic" 1912 by Ken Rossingnol

I read this little gem of a book in a day and a half (three hours). It is a story spun around then current News paper articles from The US, Canada, Ireland and England. I down loaded this book (for free) from Kindle and is a handy reference book for lovers of history. Ken Rossignol does a good job in his narrations and there are so many great stories in this collection of facts and witnesses of the event.

My one complaint is that the numerous photos and newspaper articles are unreadable on my Paperwhite Kindle, consequently, I looked at them on my Kindle fire and they were a little better and easier to expand but the news print stories are totally unreadable. You would think that technology today would make these newspaper clips more readable. A more readable news clip, I believe would peak the interests in young readers and future lovers of history. I guess we will just have to wait and see. I have read hard books that were able to reproduce the news articles with greater clarity. Amazon should take note as we more and more migrate to electronic books.

This being said, I recommend this book to those wanting to examine some of the most interesting sides stories of the sinking of the Titanic. I just recently completed a book by Eric Larson entitled "Thunderstruck" which highlighted Marconi's wireless radio communication and mentions his name in the instant book and how he was called to testify before a Senate committee investigating the sinking. there is no question of the benefit ship to ship and shoe wireless communications were in the analysis of the Titanic event.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it a very short look at the sinking of the Titanic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very factual and entertaining book! August 19, 2013
Titanic 1912
by Ken Rossignol

This was a very factual and enlightening read. The book contains the original news stories of the hours, days and weeks following the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Interviews with survivors, testimony of the crew at the U. S. Senate hearings held just 3 days after the ship sank, revealed the ship had been on fire since it left port in Southampton.

The heroes of the Titanic seem to be the wireless signalmen. The role of the wireless in the rescue was one of the most critical historical brought to light in the book. The way the crewmembers communicated back in 1912 was amazing; they used tubes and powered phones to communicate individually and space to space on this large vessel.

The book brings to light the critical importance of communications at sea, ship to shore and internship communication as well on board communication methods. Early reports of large Ice Bergs were ignored, as were pleas for assistance when the Titanic was calling for assistance as abandon ship was being passed throw-out the ship. A fascinating, enjoyable and very insightful read. Highly recommend it...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay... but somewhat erratic reading.. ...
Okay...but somewhat erratic VERY SMALL and hard to see for ebook.
Published 1 month ago by Terese
5.0 out of 5 stars There are more so many stories about the Titanic that I had grown...
I must say that it took a while to order this book. There are more so many stories about the Titanic that I had grown bored of the subject. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glenn Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This is not a retelling of old stories. It's a good presentation of news stories of the day. You get a good feel for the rush to publish anything regarding the sad disaster. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Woodill
3.0 out of 5 stars oh it was alright
It's more a critique of journalism at points than anything else. However I did enjoy reading excerpts from the old newspapers and it is a very readable document. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. MacFarlane
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra, Extra, Read all about the Titanic
I loved reading all the accounts from so many newspapers at the time of the tragedy. The intertwining of interviews and eyewitness reports, plus the exposing of so many false... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TeaTimeGal
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I loved how this book had a lot of pictures to go along with what it was talking about. The author did an excellent job with facts and making the book easy to read without being... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lauren Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Titanic 1912
Nothing new and very short. Even double clicking on the photos didn't help me see the photos any better because they were blurry.
Published 7 months ago by Sunnie1959
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
history can be fun.
Published 9 months ago by Steven Brem
1.0 out of 5 stars Very hard to read
This book is very hard to read. In the kindle edition there are no marks to show what are quotations and what are not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anoron
4.0 out of 5 stars A different spin!!
It was a very interesting way to write . Giving news reports about the Titanic sinking was something I have never read about the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MIchael KNEZIC
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More About the Author

The newest books by Ken Rossignol include two volumes of Pirate Trials. Pirate Trials: Dastardly Deeds & Last Words and Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead reveal the details of the actual trials of pirates in England, Scotland, Canada and the United States; Klan: Killing America and Bank of Crooks & Criminals and all of them deal with true crime.
As a maritime history speaker, Rossignol enjoys meeting audiences around the world and discussing the original news stories of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and other maritime history topics.
Rossignol has appeared on ships in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean discussing the stories of the heroes of the Titanic, the explorations of the new world voyagers, the Bermuda Triangle and the history of piracy.
Rossignol appears at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri for book signings and to talk with visitors about the RMS Titanic.
He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC 20/20; ABC World News Tonight and in a 2012 production of Discovery Channel Investigation Motives & Murders Series, A Body in the Bay.
News coverage of Rossignol's landmark civil rights case, represented by Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz re: United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rossignol v Voorhaar, 2003, included articles in most major news outlets, as well as a column by syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick.
The story of the St. Mary's Today newspaper is now available in ebook and paperback: The Story of THE RAG! The book includes nearly 200 editorial cartoons that appeared over the years.
A strong highway safety advocate, Rossignol also publishes the which focuses on impaired driving and the monthly publication, The Chesapeake.
News coverage of Rossignol's DWIHitParade won an Emmy in 2012 for WJLA reporter Jay Korff and coverage of the St. Mary's Today newspaper by WUSA reporter Bruce Leshan was awarded an Emmy in 2000.

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