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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

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. After I did order it and read the first chapter I was completely immersed into the subject. The author attacks this drama from a completely new angle. This is a well-written book that I recommend to anyone who wants to learn something new about the tragedy. Well done Ken. - Glen Gardiner

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 reports must have been torture for the families waiting to hear the news of loved ones. Mr. Rossignol has done a great deal of research and work in this very captivating book. Being a Titanic author myself, I loved the many pictures and stories he presents to further tell one of the most tragic stories in history! I know many will find this book a must read and will want to add it to their collections. - TeaTimeGal

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Titanic 1912 - The story of the Sinking of the Titanic from the news stories of the days and weeks after the disaster.
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 transferred to the Virginian, those reports were quickly corrected. The truth came rushing through to London and New York, racing through the airwaves 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 Wanamaker'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. 
Did you know the story of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, who took command of her lifeboat and saved the lives of all aboard?

Did you know the Titanic was on fire from the time the ship left port?Please enjoy this book! - Ken Rossignol
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475111460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475111460
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Amazon.com about the photographs' not being included. Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com today through their amazing telephone callback system, and customer service rep. Hillary quickly and professionally helped me.

My thanks to the author and to Amazon.com. I now have the complete book with the photographs.
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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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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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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. My only criticism would be the pictures of the newspapers. Yes, I understand the limitations of the kindle screen, however, I wish clearer scans would have been included.
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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.

Since the author does seem to know his stuff I would have been interested in him actually investigating some of the conspiracy theories about the Titanic. He mentions they exist as an aside but does not challenge or address them.

For instance, the switch with another liner is mentioned by comments he'd plucked from the internet, but his only real parsing of the issue is the statement 'While spell check was used to clean up the comments for spelling, no software program exists to cleanse copy for insanity or stupidity.'
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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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