Captain Edward J. Smith, White Star Lines' premier commander, was a man of long experience with both steam and sail. His reputation had no rival. His physical appearance exudes calmness and competence—he looks like a ship's captain. So how could this veteran skipper have ignored a dozen radio warnings of icebergs, and made the decision to increase speed, as darkness felt on a moonless night?
In this controversial new book, the author looks at the Titanic's captain from a medical point of view. Analyzing in detail the captain's actions (and omissions) in the fateful 24 hours before the iceberg collision, the author makes a very strong case for previously undiagnosed early Alzheimer's Disease. And why did his officers not notice? Rank and British social class traditions provide an answer. 2012, CreateSpace, 86p.