The Titanic disaster - As reported in the British Press April - July 1912 Hardcover – 30 Nov 1997
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This hardback edition has not got a dustjacket! The book cover is made of a beautiful "glossy material", so that's why the book does not need a jacket!
The difficulty of getting information out is highlighted by stories of 'Wireless Chaos'. The rumour mill was working overtime: there were rumours of other ships having picked up survivors and these had to be denied.
Very quickly questions were being asked about the lifeboats, though one report says that the liner carried 'a number of boats in excess of the official requirements.' Then, as the enormity of the tragedy strikes home, questions are asked in the House of Commons and people start defending their positions in public. These reports are carried int he papers as well.
Unlike films and many written accounts, this book goes further than the disaster itself. As the Daily Sketch said on 17 April 1912, "the disaster is a terrible blow for Southampton. Nearly all of the Officers and crew lived there, and very few of them can have been saved." That was the truth and the impact on the City was devastating. The Daily Sketch and others opened disaster funds.
The arrival of the Carpathia, carrying survivors, was a major event in New York, but this was a full nine days after the first report of the Titanic sinking.Read more ›
Just very occassionally, in more modern times, a great human catastrophe affects a whole nation or group of nations. Not so much because of the number of people killed or injured, but for reasons that are more subtle than that.
'The Titanic Disaster' captures the effect upon ordinary people of this enormous public tragedy, through a collection of press reports, announcements and published photographs which followed the events of 14th and 15th April 1912.
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As I am intrested in the Titanic and have one other book on the subject. Even though this book does not tell the whole story, it gives you facts and information on the sinking and... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2002 by Mrs S C Tarrington