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With human tragedy, there is rarely one cause. It is normally a series of errors. So too with the Titanic. A flaw in the watch process and navigation, a flaw in the boar structure, insufficient lifeboats, on board errors in managing the escape of the passengers , and the story brought out in this book. This a well crafted, engaging and well written book. But it pins the blame too quickly on one player in the Titanic disaster
If you have an interest in Titanic you should get this, even if you think you have read and know everything about the disaster. If your interest in the Titanic is passing or found its high water mark when you watched James Cameron's film, you may be thinking do I need this in my library. Well you do!!
This novel is not so much about the Titanic's lone disaster of failing to see ice burgs or having enough life boats for all the passengers, but instead focusses on the disaster of the California, the infamous ship that was close enough to see Titanic's lights, but failed to answer her eight distress rockets seen by the second mate of the California on his titular midnight watch. The ship was a cruise ship belonging to the same company The White Star Line, Captained by a very capable Englishman of the Merchant Navy. The mystery of why the California failed to come to Titanic's aid is what the book aims to answer.
The story is well written, extremely well researched, the author obviously loves everything maritime and absolutely respects deeply the subject matter as well as the characters both fictional and non fictional, and captures the spirit of the times while never falling into tropes.
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Beautifully captured the intricacies of human nature and its failings in relation to a mammoth disaster
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