Synopses & Reviews
After every disaster, someone has something to hide . . .
A few minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the unsinkable RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage to New York, struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. While the world has remained fascinated by the tragedy, the most amazing drama of those fateful hours was not played out aboard the doomed liner. It took place on the decks of two other ships, one fifty-eight miles distant from the sinking Titanic, the other barely ten miles away. The masters of the steamships Carpathia and Californian, Captain Arthur Rostron and Captain Stanley Lord, were informed within minutes of each other that their vessels had picked up the distress signals of a sinking ship. Their actions in the hours and days that followed would become the stuff of legend, as one would choose to take his ship into dangerous waters to answer the call for help, while the other would decide that the hazard to himself and his command was too great to risk responding.
After years of research, Daniel Allen Butler now tells this incredible story, moving from ship to ship on the icy waters of the North Atlantic-in real-time-to recount how hundreds of people could have been rescued, but in the end only a few outside of the meager lifeboats were saved. He then looks alike at the U.S. Senate Investigation in Washington, and ultimately the British Board of Trade Inquiry in London, where the actions of each captain are probed, questioned, and judged, until the truth of what actually happened aboard the Titanic, the Carpathia and the Californian is revealed.
Daniel Allen Butler, a maritime and military historian, is the bestselling author of Unsinkable: The Full Story of RMS Titanic, Distant Victory: The Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War, and The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam. He is an internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker for several cruise lines. Butler lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
A bold and powerful account of the most incredible disaster in the annals of maritime history. Daniel Allen Butler's in depth narrative is exactingly researched, admirably written and forcefully presented. He has revealed the true controversy between the Titanic, the Carpathia and the Californian, and laid to rest the enigma behind that fateful drama of April 14, 1912. Very, very well done.Clive Cussler
...A very much alive, gripping and well-written book. F. Gavard- Perret, French Titanic Society, Spring 2009
... 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 White Star Memories, 05/2009
...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. IPMS, 05/2009
...informative...and (most importantly) entertaining...fast paced...will keep the reader... on the edge of their seat, eager to learn what happens next.Encyclopedia Titanica, 06/2009
...careful attention to detail and thorough analysis of the evidence makes this an excellent addition to Titanic historiography.Internet Modeler, 06/2009
... for readers interested in the rest of the story that fateful April night on the North Atlantic. Steamboat Bill, 08/2009
...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. The Northern Mariner, 10/2009