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The Titanic Disaster Hearings: The Official Transcripts of the 1912 Senate Investigation

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Merely a day after Titanic survivors arrived in port in New York City, a United States Senate committee began an investigation into the wreck of the great "unsinkable" ship. For the first time in book form, here is the dramatic testimony of crew and passengers from all walks of life, as they recall the sights and sounds of the night of April 14, 1912. From the manners of t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 571 pages
Published 1998 by Pocket
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Dani
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Sara
Two days after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation began a 17 day investigation with multiple hearings, starting in New York and later moving to Washington. As soon as the RMS Carpathia docked in New York, the survivors began being summoned to testify about the disaster. It is heartbreaking at times to listen to the survivors who had to recount the sinking they lived through days before. The confusion was evident, such as in the case o ...more
Em
Compelling because they are the actual words of the survivors rather than a pastiche of remembrances collected and spun out by and author. Yet because most of the witnesses told their story of the same event it got more than just slightly repetitive. It was the very aspects where the witnesses differed with one another that deepens the mystery and the myth. The witnesses that were most riveting were those who did not get in a lifeboat but when down with the great ship and ended up atop the overt ...more
Jenna Leigh
Intensely riveting. Every Titanic buff and armchair historian NEEDS to read this book.

The Titanic Disaster Hearings is a collection of excerpts from the Senate investigation of the disaster, taken from testimony given by survivors just a few days after the Titanic foundered in the middle of the Atlantic.

There are so many interesting tidbits and insights in this book. We get to hear Second Officer Charles Lightoller desperately attempt to smooth everything over, defending the White Star Line and
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Lisa
The hearings began the day after Titanic survivors arrived in New York. Questions were answered, accounts of what happened recorded while everything was fresh and raw in the survivor's minds. Some accounts were too painful to tell but were persuaded, encouraged to answer the questions asked so the tragedy could be understood and hopefully prevented from happening again in the future. At times this was very hard to read. The trials printed in the book are broken down by days and who testified on ...more
Mark
This is an abridged edition of the 1912 US Senate Hearings, giving the highlights of the testimony given before the committee. I found the majority of the book to be an interesting eyewitness account of the disaster given a very short time after the event. Some witnesses said they saw the Titanic break in two before sinking, while others denied it, stating they watched the ship sink in one piece. We know now that the Titanic did, in fact, break in two when the ship was discovered and photographe ...more
Bill Donhiser
This is a reading of the original court records of the hearings held immediately after the disaster. It is an interesting history of the famous disaster
Chris
I'll keep this review short. If you love the history of the saga of the Titanic, this is the book for you. it features several first hand accounts of rescued passengers, staff members, ship builders, etc that were associated in some way to the titanic. Although there is an abridged audiobook for this book through audible.com and on the Amazon kindle device itself, if you want to read this book, it's best to listen to this audiobook at these sources, as the length is way too long for most readers ...more
Meaghan Clark
This book includes both the American and British Disaster Hearings that were held immediately after the sinking of the great ship. I would not recommend this book for kids or even some young teens as I think the legal setting, and the fact that this took place in 1912 might be a tad confusing to some. Though I do think most teens will be able to grasp the language, and adults will find this interesting and informative. Purchased this last year, I've read it several times since then.
Nicole
This is an abridged version of the hearings that immediately followed the sinking of the Titanic. I have read several books and reference materials about Titanic over the years and much of the detail contained in these pages has appeared in other sources. Yet I greatly enjoyed reading actual portions of the transcripts, and especially the period vernacular. If you too have a thirst for Titanic history, this is a must.
John
A very interesting books. Full of first person testimony and affidavits telling the sinking from the points of view of the passengers, crew owners, and rescuers. It is the transcripts of the 1912 Senate investigation. This has been my "car book" for about the last two years.
Hawkgrrrl
This may have actually been my favorite read among the Titanic books I've read. It sounds about as interesting as CSPAN, but it was actually pretty compelling to read the first hand accounts.
John
enjoying the transcript.....common answer from testifying individuals: "I can't say"
(Crows nest binoculars from voyage's first lap missing the night of the disaster........)
Jen
This is the transcript of the actual hearings. Fantastic read for those who want as many facts and accounts as possible.
Connie Downing
This was one of the first Titanic books that I read and I've been hooked ever since. I read this one in 1998.
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Actually, this book is on cassette tape, but when I put in the ISBN # is came back as not found.
Cadie
It was nice to get the perspective of survivors so quickly after the ship sank.
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