This is one of the best books I've read on the Titanic for quite a while. And for someone who currently to date owns 40 books about the Titanic, I found out information that I didn't previously know (like exactly what a collapsible lifeboat was.)
The book is well written, and each chapter deals with one section of time, whether it be half hour intervals or hour intervals. It goes into a lot more detail about the people actually onboard, including information about the little known French boys, whose father abducted them and gave them false names. And the 13 month old boy who was discovered and buried, but not named, until advances in DNA testing came about. It also goes into extensive details about the conflicting reports that passengers and crew gave about exactly what went on during the events of the 14th April. Obviously, some of these details came to light years after the disaster, and so the people could be forgiven for failing to remember exactly. But there were a couple of glaring inconsistencies - one passenger saying that he swam 200 yards to one lifeboat after the Titanic sank, and another passenger saying he swam three quarters of a mile to the SAME lifeboat. Yes, the water was freezing cold, and the supposedly unsinkable ship had gone from beneath them, but there's quite a difference between 200 yards and three quarters of a mile.
The other good thing about this book was that the author included a chapter about what happened to some of the notable survivors after the events. I was shocked to discover that Frederick Fleet had hung himself after a "domestic dispute" which resulted in him being made homeless.
The only thing that bothered me about this book was the chapter concerning the court hearings after the disaster. I do understand that they were a big part of the events, but in my opinion, they are unnecessary in the majority of the books, unless the author is going to bring to light something new mentioned in the inquiries. At least this particular author laid out the transcripts of the court hearings in a different way to what I've read previously.
With the centenary (almost) upon us, the Titanic disaster should be as fresh in our minds as it was just after it happened. Especially with recent events concerning the cruise ship that sank off the coast of Italy in January - once more, the crew allegedly appeared to have no idea what to do, and many passengers were lost. Not quite to the extent of the unfortunates on the Titanic, but once again, it brings to light that things have not quite changed in 100 years. Even though the actual wreck is disappearing very fast, I hope more releases of books on the subject will keep the events topical for a long time to come.