Book Review – ‘Titanic: A fresh look at the evidence by a former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents’ by John Lang

By David Gleicher, published November 2020


For readers beginning to be interested in the events of Titanic – presented without the trace of either a literary or antiquarian purpose (just the facts ma’am, just the facts) – they could do much worse than John Lang’s book, though it certainly has its flaws. In a lengthy preface Lang spells out a central conceit of the main text, conceived of as ‘an account of Titanic’s loss . . . in the style of a twenty-first-century investigation report. The conceit is emblematic of the question Lang at one point poses, motivating the work: if the evidence is looked at and reported from the viewpoint and literally in the manner of a twenty-first-century accident investigator, will there be revealed new insights into what happened to the Titanic and why?…

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Filed under: Location | Atlantic | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

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