The Bermuda Triangle
is a best-selling 1974 book by Charles Berlitz
which popularized the belief of the Bermuda Triangle
as an area of ocean prone to disappearing ships and airplanes. The book sold nearly 20 million copies in 30 languages.
In the book, Berlitz elaborates upon several theories for the purported disappearances, although he only gives credence to theories that have natural background. One of those theories states that the Bermuda Triangle was actually a by-product of the destruction of Atlantis.
The book was the subject of criticism in Larry Kusche
's 1975 work The Bermuda Triangle Mystery—Solved
, in which Kusche cites errors in the reports of missing ships. Lloyd's of London
has determined the Triangle to be no more dangerous than any other piece of the ocean, and does not charge unusual rates of insurance for passage through the area. United States Coast Guard
records confirm this determination. However, tales of missing ships, although promoted by Berlitz, existed prior to the book's publication. He first heard of these tales at his travel agency, wondering why his customers requested to avoid flying over this region.
The book was later the basis for a theatrical film released in 1978. With the collaboration of Dr. J. Manson Valentine, who provided photos and illustrations.