Walter Lord's "The Night Lives On" is a series of very focused and well-researched chapters on the Titanic disaster. Lord seems to have developed a healthy skepticism, with age. He is quite critical of the Titanic's crew, and Lightoller, who complained that on April 14 "everything was against them." Lord says of them that given all their mistakes and sloppiness, it's "a wonder they lasted as long as they did." Lord discusses the safety issues, and compares Titanic to the 1858 mammoth iron ship, Great Eastern. The latter was much safer, in Lord's estimation. In fact, since Great Eastern, safety has taken a step backwards. Lord is quite critical of Titanic's construction. He talks about the family of eight, the Goodwins, who were all lost at sea. Anyone who reads Lord's "Night Lives On" will come away very disgusted with what happened. In sum, in "Night Goes On" Lord analyzes the disaster from the vantagepoint of someone who is debunking a myth. To him, the cause of the whole thing is disgusting. Titanic is a horrible, but wholly absurd, chapter in maritime history. There's nothing particularly romantic about ignoring ice warnings, traveling at top speed into ice, or designing a ship based on luxury, first and foremost, not safety. It's appropriate that Lord is the one to do this debunking, because his original publication, "Night To Remember" generated a lot interest in Titanic. This interest unfortunately made the disaster something of an alter of worship, and myth. I really enjoyed reading "Night Lives On," and I highly recommend it to others.