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Most Comprehensive and Authoritative Book To Date on the Titanic
on May 18, 2012
This is the best book by far that I have read on the sinking of the Titanic. Foster writes the book from the perspective of the passengers and crew who survived the disaster, and he includes much testimony that was provided to review groups in the UK and the US. The book leaves no doubt that more could have been done to prevent the collision with the iceberg and to save the passengers and crew after the crash occurred. There was much hubris involved.
I was surprised to learn that the iceberg created holes along the seam where it came in contact with hull and that the seam was not ruptured wide open like is reported in some books. Foster is the only author that I know of who points out that many portholes were left open which probably let in much more water than the damage from the iceberg. If the captain had responded immediately instead of being in denial for several minutes, actions could have been taken to slow the sinking and save many more people.
The book is long, but it is very readable and it is filled with detailed information. I highly recommend it!