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The Titanic and the Indifferent Stranger: The Complete Story of the Titanic and the Californian Paperback – June 27, 2009

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Dr.Paul Lee obtained a first class degree in Physics from Southampton University in 1993; four years later, he graduated with a PhD in Nuclear Physics from York University. He has held an interest in the Titanic since 1985, when the wreck was found. This is his first book. His website is at http://www.paullee.com

"[This] is an extremely well researched investigation into the mystery of what ships were in the vicinity of the stricken White Star Liner TITANIC the night she sank. I have a strong interest in this aspect of the TITANIC story - this book kept me up until 3 o'clock in the morning reading it! [This is] one of the Best TITANIC books I've read."
- Steve Hall, Co-author, "Titanic The Ship Magnificent" & "Titanic and Olympic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy."

"There have been hundreds of books written on the Titanic but few have looked at the disaster from this angle. The author focuses on the mystery ship that was seen on the horizon and whose presence could have saved many more lives. The inquiry pointed the finger at Captain Lord of the Californian, but was he really to blame? The author goes into intricate detail to examine the facts from a scientific viewpoint to endeavour to establish who the mystery ship was, and his findings are very interesting ...the content is fascinating and extremely well researched and well written. Very highly recommended."
- Nigel Lawrence, Editor and Reviewer, "Shipping Today and Yesterday"

"For anyone interested in the Titanic, this book belongs on the shelf ... Though no Titanic explorer or researcher will agree with all of the conclusions, the evidence on which the conclusions are based has been very, very well researched."
- Dr.Charles Pellegrino, Titanic writer, researcher and wrecksite explorer

"This book is well-researched and written, and I doubt that much more can be said about it's subject. I recommend it to ardent Titanic fans."
- William A. Fox, reviewer, "Steamboat Bill", the journal of "The Steamship Historical Society of America."

"Thank you, Paul--you've made a genuine contribution to the Titanic story. You have every right to be proud of it ... I HIGHLY recommend [the book]"
- Daniel Allen Butler, author of "Unsinkable: the Full Story of RMS Titanic" and "The Other Side of the Night"

"Paul's work is indeed impressive"
- Mark Chirnside, author of "The 'Olympic' Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic" and "RMS Olympic: Titanic's Sister" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Paul Lee (June 27, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956301509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956301505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,392,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tad Fitch on September 21, 2009
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There have been many excellent pieces of research pertaining to the Californian that have come out recently. Several of these, such as Sam Halpern's excellent series of articles on the topic that appeared in the Titanic Historical Society's journal The Commutator, are must-reads, not only due to the intricate examination of evidence, but also because it is done in an objective fashion, a rare thing when it comes to this topic, where in my opinion, people get far too emotionally tied to look at the case objectively at times. The Californian continues to be a topic of great controversy, but it would be a mistake to think that nothing new can be learned on the topic.

Paul Lee's examination of the evidence is one such example that more can be learned, and a book that should be on every Titanic enthusiast's shelf. His book was originally released as an E-book, but I much prefer a printed book to one on CD.

The author's book is both detailed, and easy to follow, with many illustrations and diagrams. He presents a good deal of documentation and evidence not previously examined, or not examined in full. His look at Walter Lord's correspondence on the subject, as well as other materials previously only privately known or held in archives adds much to the narrative. It also adds much to the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the cases built and methodology of various authors and researchers such as Leslie Harrison and Leslie Reade, who have written on this topic, albeit from different sides of the aisle.
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For persons interested in the sinking of the Titanic, probably no single aspect of that story has generated more controversey and heat than the question of whether the ship Californian (captained by Stanley Lord) observed distress signals from the fatally-damaged liner and then stood by and did nothing while the Titanic sank and over 1500 people died. Official boards of inquiry pointed an accusing finger at Captain Lord, but in later years his defenders loudly proclaimed him an innocent victim of hysteria and a convenient scapegoat. For a long time it seemed to me that the truth would be forever lost in a chaos of charge and counter-charge. But now, Doctor Paul Lee has written a book on the matter that is truly definitive and lives up to its subtitle as "The Complete Story of the Titanic and the Californian". Lee lays out the evidence in exhaustive detail, not brief excerpts carefully pruned to support a predetermined viewpoint, but lengthy testimony and interviews. Moreover, Lee provides detailed geometrical analysis to demonstrate what was possible, what was impossible, and what was necessary to fit the evidence. Not only does Doctor Lee examine the event itself, but he also thoroughly explores decades of literature from both sides of the controversy. Lee finds shortcomings both in books by "Lordite" authors (those who argue for Captain Lord's innocence, such as Leslie Harrison and Senan Molony)and also in "Anti-Lordite" books (such as "The Ship that Stood Still" by Leslie Reade.Read more ›
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If you are looking for a well researched, unbiased book about the Titanic and the Californian then look no further. This is a wonderful book that every Titanic enthusiast should have in their collections. Praise to Dr. Paul Lee on this magnificent work.
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I can see the considerable effort the author took in writing this in depth meticulous book, however it was a little too involved for me and is not what I would call an "easy to digest" read. I found it rather heavy going and will need to read it again to hopefully fully comprehend the content. Overall, a quality book suitable for the specialist Titanic Buff interested in involved in depth facts & figures relating to the ships in the vicinity of the Titanic the night she sank.
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The author analyzes, and reanalyzes, the evidence for and against Captain Lord of the Californian and pronounces him guilty at the end of the day. The book is a fascinating read - if you skip the technical bits on longitude and latitude - especially the amazing tale of Leslie Harrison's 40 years campaign in defence of Lord. Along the way, I'm afraid, Leslie of the Mercantile Marine Service Association did maneuver the evidence to fit his case. Since Lee's book was published there have been further pro-Californian publications but none of them are able to demolish this author's detailed claim that the Lordites have been mischievous in all sorts of ways, sometimes misquoting and fabricating original witness statements. Captain Lord died in 1962 and is buried in a Wallasey cemetery. I have always found it significant that the headstone makes no mention of his maritime career or his status as captain.
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