Ian Allan Hersham, Surrey, 1st.ed., 2009. 240 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & plans. D.j., 30 x 22cm. FINE. During the Edwardian era, White Star Line looked forward to a bright future and had under construction three huge liners unrivalled in luxury and speed : OLYMPIC, TITANIC, and BRITANNIC. A decade later one had struck an iceberg and was lost, one was sunk during the First World War, and only OLYMPIC successfully sailed on into the troubled waters of the 1920s and 1930s when the Depression was a hurdle too many for White Star and it was obliged to merge with its great Liverpool rival, Cunard. The author describes the fortunes and misfortunes of this company through all its 89 ships, with detailed technical information, vivid accounts of voyages and incidents, and a wealth of photographs and plans.