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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Guardian Short, 30 April 2012
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Jl Adcock "John Adcock" (Ashtead UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Titanic: A century of news (Guardian Shorts) (Kindle Edition)
Here's another example of why the Guardian Shorts series works so well. A really engaging collection of journalism on the history of the Titanic, taking us from when the ship was built, through to the sailing itself, the disaster, the aftermath and the myths that have grown up around the event.

What makes this so good is the sense of time and place that comes out of the original material. There is something slightly eerie about reading articles about the ship prior to its sinking in 1912, a slightly queasy sensation that the journalists writing about the luxury liner could have no sense of the impending doom.

More contemporary articles, reviewing how the Titanic continues to fascinate and entice are equally illuminating, and the review of James Cameron's 1997 epic movie is wonderfully on the mark.

These Guardian Shorts tend to sneak under the radar and just appear on the Kindle site, but the range of titles is impressive; the content pitch perfect on any of the subjects I've downloaded and read so far. Ideal e-book material - and the Titanic volume adds to an increasingly unmissable set of titles. And no - I don't work for either the Guardian or The Observer in recommending these - but just hope to alert other readers to their merits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic: A Century of News, 1 May 2013
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Titanic: A century of news (Guardian Shorts) (Kindle Edition)
I have read a lot of books about Titanic and I was wondering whether this short volume was worth buying, but I was actually very impressed by the material within this ebook. It contains original news items from the Guardian from the original rumours of the supership, through the building and the ship setting sail. An editorial on the 11th April 1912 comments wryly on a promenade deck where passengers can observe the sea that is regarded as "something better than a dreary slum surrounding a Grand Babylon Hotel". Of course, nature is ignored at a cost and it is the first rumours of disaster (conflicting, confusing and often wrong) that are the most fascinating to read. Later, the newspaper is critical of the American press, but there is no doubt that White Star officials in New York were keen to reassure with news that all passengers and crew had been rescued and statements that, "we have nothing direct from the Titanic, but are perfectly satisfied that the vessel is unsinkable," and "we are not worried over the possible loss of the ship, as she will not go down..."

To be fair to the Guardian, although they do report on all the statements given out, they always suggest that reports suggest something worse. What follows is the aftermath of the disaster, the news of who had been saved and how many lost, reporting from the White Star Office and the outpouring of grief in London, New York and Southampton (primarily, but of course elsewhere). Really, these original reports are riveting to read and there are also later articles - reviews on films about Titanic, a report about a Titanic convention, etc. However, what really strikes you are the opinions of the time, such as readers letters, criticisms and the shocking way the crew were treated on their return to England. This short volume was surprisingly well compiled and, it is no exaggeration to say that it would be an excellent first book if you were interested in reading about the disaster. I will certainly look out for others in the Guardian Shorts series.
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