Images of the Past: A Century of Man-Made Disasters

Written by Nigel Blundell
Review by Edward James

Most of this book is devoted to pictures, including some of the most dramatic black-and-white photos ever taken.  Foremost must be the photos taken at the moment the airship Hindenburg exploded in flames in New Jersey in 1937, but others are almost as compelling.  The text is terse and descriptive and there is little discussion about how these accidents happened.  Books have been written about each of them.

There are 15 chapters, some covering several related incidents, starting with the Titanic in 1912 and ending with the loss of the ferry Estonia in 1994.  Arguably the greatest man-made disasters of the century were the two World Wars, but the disasters here are all accidents caused in some way by human error.