Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Ship That Stood Still: The Californian and Her Mysterious Role in the Titanic Disaster Hardcover – September, 1993


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$59.95 $29.47

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; First American Edition edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393035379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393035377
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 13 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By homeschooling mom on March 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The only reason this book got 4 starts instead of 5 is the slight anti-American tone at times (for example, the US inquiries are treated as a almost a joke) and something in this much detail could not help but be tedious at points (the discussion of "port" and "starboard" lights comes to mind),but it is extremely well-done, leaves no point untouched, examines minutely any evidence in Lord's favor, and comes to the point of the matter- he saw what he knew "might have been" distress rockets and did nothing- and really, that is the end of it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Walls on July 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have about 20 books on the Titanic and had lost hope that I would find anything new about this sea disaster.This book tells everything about the Californian's role and uses facts to back up every example. I loved this book!!!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
No matter what your view is on this particular aspect of the Titanic tragedy, you cannot help but be impressed by this book. This is, without question, one of the best-researched Titanic books ever written. If you happen to come across this rare gem don't hesitate to pick it up, because it's likely that you won't see it anywhere else!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
There is no excuse for Captain Stanley Lord's behaviour on the night of the sinking of the Titanic. He admitted, at the British Enquiry, that he had been duly informed of rockets being fired, that he had insisted at least twice on being told whether they were coloured or white rockets. he had to admit, under questioning, that 1) he was told they were white; 2) that he knew that white rockets meant signals of distress at sea. The fact of the matter is that Lord did not know that it was the titanic in distress. he may have thought iut was some tramp or whaler or whatever, and he was not about to risk his ship for some such vessel. This behaviour is unexcusable ! He should have reacted and at least tried to find out more. Had he done so, he would arguably have been able to save hundrs of lives .The "mystery vessel" in between Californian and Titanic is NOT the issue ! Lord knew a ship, some ship, any ship WAS I DISTRESS and chose to ignore it. For this his memory must live forever in infamy!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Severin Olson on September 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
One may wonder why a book like this should have to be written. Clearly Lord is guilty as sin! On that cold April night he just didn't want to be bothered with a strange ship firing rockets in the distance. It was easier to do nothing, hoping everything would go away. But it wasn't so easy or comforting to deal with the blame that fell on him. How dare we blame such a responsible captain? But the facts are there. Reade goes through them step by step like a first class lawyer. This must be done because many still feel that Lord did nothing wrong. Like OJ Simpson's defenders, they believe what they want to believe. My only fault with this book was that it was not the thriller other Titanic books have been. It tended to bog down in jargon and nautical language.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol B. Bryant on September 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book gives great detail as what happened that night, April 14-15, 1912. The Californian should have responded to the distress rockets, sad such loss of life. I recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Magnificent. An impressive and thorough point-by-point prosecution of the liar Lord. Author Leslie Reade did his research, and big time.

I went to a famous Titanic website after reading this and found a well-known Lordite author pushing his own warped concoction about the lifeboat activities and locations as being yet another cover for Lord, but - as Mr. Reade so aptly pointed out as a consistent trait of all Lordites - never once mentions those pesky white rockets. Must we continue with this silliness, Lordites?

Anyone with any kind of intellectual and analytical brain cannot - CANNOT - read this book and come away with any question that "Lord did it." He's guilty, folks. Please, Lordites. Do us all a favor and actually sit down and read this book by Mr. Reade. If you have any kind of objectivity, there is no way you can honestly walk away and still insist on pushing your "Lord is innocent" fantasies on the rest of us. Reade knocks down Lord with great skill, exposing his lies again and again and again and again and AGAIN!

And for anyone that may be new to the "Californian" dereliction, as I was before reading this, I have only one suggestion: read this book and you won't need to read another. It's all here. Fact that finally overcomes fiction.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again