Saturday, 7 June 2014

Titanic: 7 Days That Shocked the World - Book Review

Titanic: 7 Days That Shocked the World
by Stephen Hines

What is it about:
News of the Titanic's catastrophic sinking, days after her maiden voyage, shocked the world. The public was frantic for information and answers, and the London Daily Telegraph, the largest circulating newspaper in the world at the time, was charged with the task of relaying what exactly had happened to the luxury liner. But with false reports abounding and no access to survivors, that task was easier said than done.

Read how a paper, and the world, struggled to find and report the truth of the most disastrous maritime accident in history.

What did I think of it:
This is a really good read.

This book contains the newspaper articles the London Daily Telegraph posted about the sinking of the Titanic. It starts with messages like 'No Lives Were Lost', but slowly the real news trickles in and the tone of the articles changes.

It's strange to realize how much the world has changed in just a little over a 100 years. Back in 1912 it was difficult to get news fast. The London Daily Telegraph, eager to bring her readers news, jumps to conclusions and follows false leads. It's fascinating to read how in just seven days the news stories they print change. How after the first shock they start looking for explantions and someone to blame.

All in all this is a very interesting read, that gave me a new insight on how the world experienced the sinking of the Titanic. It will get its place in my collection of Titanic books.

Why should you read it:
If you're interested in the Titanic, this is a must read.

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1 comment:

Enbrethiliel said...


Although I'm not a Titanic geek like you, Sully . . . ;-) . . . I'd be very interested in learning about the news media of the early twentieth century. I'd also like to take a time machine about 100 years into the future to study the news media they'll have then, but that's a taller order! LOL!