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Easily the best specialist book on the Titanic to date
on 26 April 2012
I have been a Titanic enthusiast for 45 years and have collected most of the good books on the subject. ON A SEA OF GLASS is easily the best written book on the subject by some distance. Extremely well researched, detailed and unbiased, it covers almost all aspects of the loss of the great ship. The most impressive aspect of the book is its careful editing, helping the reader to maintain continuity and orientation while learning about events in various parts of the ship as it slowly foundered that fateful night.
Survivor quotes and reactions are mentioned without resorting to any melodrama - often a problem with previous books on the subject. The authors' own opinions, where given, are systematically analysed based on evidence and common sense without resorting to any self-opinionated bias. The extensive appendices are an excellent bonus, adding to the overall superb quality of the book.
On a further appreciative if slightly (pseudo)negative sounding note, I want to say that this book is meant for the serious Titanic enthusiast and not the general Joe Public with a passing interest. It is meant for those of us who ponder at length about 'trivia' like "What were the contents of the note that Captain Smith sent through QM Olliver to Chief Engineer Bell?" or "At what time was collapsible C actually lowered?" and so on.