The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic Was Lost

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Editorial Reviews

The Book Bag
...very readable and particularly accessible to the general reader, with additional information for the specialist researcher in the extensive Sources and Bibliography... ...Butler's research has obviously been extensive and his airing of the views of a wide cross-section of the people involved gives the book a freshness which could easily have been lost.
Ships Monthly
After the Titanic sank, the captain of Carpathia responded immediately to the sinking liner's calls for help, but the captain of the California, which was also close to the sinking, decided it was too risky to respond...examines the reasons behind this decision and looks at the American and British inquiries into the sinking...
French Titanic Society
. . . A very much alive, gripping and well-written book.
—F. Gavard- Perret
The Northern Mariner
. . . finds a happy medium between that for the professional historian and the general public. . . . not only never strays from his central theme, what happened that night, but also, more helpfully, offers sustained analysis of why it happened and suggests how things might have turned out differently.
White Star Memories
. . . a must for maritime enthusiast or for anyone who wants to know the truth about the events leading up to and after the sinking of the most famous vessel in history . . . RMS Titantic!
. . . impeccable, even handed research . . . This is a book anyone (even landlubbers) can read, comprehend and learn from. I heartily recommend this book even if you think you know all about the tragedy.
Encyclopedia Titanica
. . . informative . . . and (most importantly) entertaining . . . fast paced . . . will keep the reader . . . on the edge of their seat, eager to learn what happens next.
Internet Modeler
careful attention to detail and thorough analysis of the evidence makes this an excellent addition to Titanic historiography.
Library Journal
Intended as a kind of companion to Walter Lord's A Night to Remember and The Night Lives On, Butler (Unsinkable: The Full Story of RMS Titanic) rehashes the story of the Titanic, focusing here on the rescue ship Carpathia and the Californian, the nearby ship that ignored distress signals. While there are engaging passages in this book, many are lifted without attribution from other works; there is also an accumulation of easily avoidable factual errors. There is a bibliography, but no source notes; thus, the book is useless to those wishing to undertake further research. Butler's "Author's Note" acknowledges his debt to Lord, which seems the least he could do considering the amount of material he borrows from him without credit. Butler expresses his disdain for revisionist historians, yet doesn't seem to mind presenting as fact several peculiar theories, including the speculative psychiatric diagnosis that the captain of the Californian was a "sociopath." VERDICT Some ship buffs dismiss as "rivet-counters" those they consider obsessed with minutiae; this author would have done well to count a few more rivets. Not recommended. Any library would be much better served by Lord's books and Donald Lynch (text) and Ken Marschall's (illustrations) Titanic: An Illustrated History.—Megan Hahn Fraser, UCLA Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935149026
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2009
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue "For Those in Peril on the Sea. . ." vii

Chapter 1 The Cruelest Ocean 3

Chapter 2 The Carpathia and Arthur Rostron 19

Chapter 3 The Californian and Stanley Lord 37

Chapter 4 S O S-Titanic 57

Chapter 5 By the Rockets' White Glare 83

Chapter 6 Rescue at Dawn 103

Chapter 7 New York and Boston 133

Chapter 8 The American Investigation 147

Chapter 9 The British Inquiry 165

Chapter 10 The Undelivered Verdict 191

Epilogue Flotsam and Jetsam 207


I The Resolution Authorizing the Senate Investigation into the Loss of the RMS Titanic 223

II The Order for the Board of Trade Inquiry and the Questions to be Investigated 225

III Extract from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry Report 231

Author's Note 239

Sources and Bibliography 245

Index 249

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Excellent, well-written analysis

    I liked that this book was not just another rehash of the sinking of the Titanic. In fact, the Titanic was barely mentioned and that's incredibly refreshing. The focus is the comparison and contrast between Captains Rostron and Lord, men who had incredibly different reactions. Rostron took decisive action and did all he could. Lord did nothing. This easily readable book details the actions on each ship and how they responded at the inquries. Butler offers his analysis of what might have happened if Lord reacted the way Rostron did and a psychological conclusion of his inaction. Interesting and insightful without being judgemental.

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