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In this practical and highly topical book, the author provides thoroughly researched accounts of well-known disasters and failures worldwide. Historical events such as the Hindenburg Disaster and Chernobyl are covered, as well as more recent occurrences, such as the World Trade Center and Columbia Space Shuttle disasters.

The author provides valuable interpretive sections, revealing the lessons to be learned in each case. Examples are included from a wide range of industries, as well as background information and views from several known experts in the field. The author discusses the common threads and conclusions from accident investigations and offers excellent references for further study.