From the viewpoint of the researcher, first person accounts are always held in high regard especially concerning events as controversial and misinterpreted as the Titanic disaster. "On Board RMS Titanic", by the esteemed Titanic author George Behe, is a fine collection of letters, notes, postcards etc from both Titanic victims and survivors. Spread over a period of some days, the letters present the gamut of emotion from excitement and joy of the passengers for the upcoming journey, to abject horror at the aftermath of her sinking and the harrowing trials they have just endured. Letter after letter provides new information adding another small piece to the rather large jig-saw puzzle which is the Titanic saga. Each letter is captivating and puts one at the scene of the disaster. Through these letters one gets to relive what it was like to be aboard the largest liner in the world during her tragically short life, as well as experience the heartfelt loss of so many of the survivors and their struggles to put their lives back on track.
The letters are provided with very little introduction except the basic cursory information in order to establish context, and there are no analyses or final words by the author after each letter. In this way the author allows the reader to come to his or her own conclusions regarding what is right or what is wrong, what truly happened or what might be elaborations based on the immediacy of the emotive events. "On Board RMS Titanic" simply presents the letters, laid bare as they are (often containing the original errors as written by their authors), from which the researcher can take the collective body of work and compare and contrast in order to try and establish a common truth.
This collection is one that will reap reward by careful analysis for anyone interested in researching and finding out more about this catastrophic disaster which so jarred the infant 20th century. Concurrently, it will also appeal to the reader who, at the risk of sounding cliché, wants to hear it directly from the horse's mouth. A tremendous volume such as this will surely take pride of place on your shelves, and provide years of fascinating reading.