Rossignol, a professional journalist, has researched the reports in the newspapers of 1912.
Rossignol separates the factual reports from the gross exaggerations and falsehoods. By the final page readers will have a sense that they really understand what happened when the Titanic sank. - Bruce Caplan, author, The Sinking of the Titanic
This book contains the original news stories about the Titanic disaster from both sides of the Atlantic. The author presents the news articles and indicates which stories were incorrect and which were accurate along with an explanation of whether they were intentionally wrong or by reason of miscommunication.
Teachers find that the original sources cited in Titanic 1912 allow them to prepare lesson plans for their students using the book, which is about the most flattering praise possible for an author's work.
If you are even slightly interested in this subject, please give this book a chance. It is worth the time to read for sure. --- Ionia Martin, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
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