The dramatic story of the Titanic's final hours has been told many times before, but perhaps even more interesting is the story of how the ship came into existence. The author takes us on a fascinating tour behind the scenes of the construction of one of the age's greatest feats of engineering, brilliantly bringing to life the stories of the people who built it. Combining in-depth research and a skillful grasp of narrative, the book gives us a glimpse of the bygone age of the great ocean liners and helps us to better understand the historical and technological context, without which it is impossible to fully appreciate the impact of the disaster that was to unfold. Anton Gill has given us the essential book on the building of the Titanic.
Just finished this riveting (literally!) book. I found the tale of Edwardian commercial confidence & industrial excellence compulsive, & not only because of the disaster that followed. It just reads like a good novel. Didn't see the tv series, but don't need to now. I can't believe it would tell the story better. I'm still trying to visualise 5 tons of horsehair! Will certainly return to the book.
Gill's book renders comprehensible technical issues and engineering feats of astonishing braveness. He manages to relate a titanic story to the human scale. This is great, no-nonsense writing, which I enjoyed very much indeed.