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New Book Alerts Archive 2002.

December 28, 2002.
The Sea Hunters II. More True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks
, by Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo.
Cussler’s second book about his real life adventures hunting for the wrecks of famous ships. The format for this book is the same as for the first volume; an initial segment retelling the story of each ship and how it was lost, followed by a section telling of Cussler’s search and what he found. The Titanic related piece is a 34 page chapter on his hunt for and discovery of the Carpathia, sunk by a German U-boat in World War I. For now the book is available only in hardcover, though I am sure a softcover version will be released eventually. It should be easily available either at your local bookstore, or on any of the major on-line new book websites.

December 21, 2002.
In Search of Great Uncle Pat: Titanic Survivor
, by John Nolan. Hardcover edition now available.
The story of Nolan's uncle, Patrick O'Keefe, who was a third class passenger on the maiden voyage. O'Keefe leapt from the ship as it was sinking, and ended up on the overturned collapsible with Lightoller, Bride, etc. The book is also something of a detective mystery, as Nolan had almost no information about his Uncle Pat other than that he survived the disaster. The book tells the story of the author's search for information about his Uncle who had died many years earlier.

The first printing of this book came out in paperback about a year ago. Now there is a hardcover edition as well. Both versions can be ordered from Publish America's website. The hardcover is selling for $22.95, the paperback for $16.95. Here is the link to In Search of Great Uncle Pat on that site.

December 14, 2002.
The Last Liners of the White Star Line. M.V. Britannic and M.V. Georgic, by Richard P. de Kerbrech.
This new work is the history of the last of the White Star liners. The book is an oversized softcover volume with 64 pages and with photo illustrations in black and white on most pages. This one seems a bit tough to track down, even though it was just published in November. Amazon.com UK lists it as available, but only as a special order. Their price is £12.95. Here is the link to Last Liners of the White Star Line on that site.

November 29, 2002.
Confessions of an Iceberg. The Icetory of the Hisberg Attacked by the Titanic, by Anon. (Baloney).
Finally, the iceberg gets to tell the story from his point of view. How skewed is the record? Well, for one, what is one of the most basic accepted facts. Why that it was the iceberg that struck the Titanic causing her mortal injury. But think about it. Who was racing 22 1/2 knots through the dark night, and who was floating serenely along at barely half a knot? It was the Titanic that struck the berg, not the other way around! Humorous fiction as only Senan Molony can tell it.

This is a 58 page booklet with an illustrated front cover. It is available for sale on both sides of the Atlantic:

If you are here in the U.S. it is available for sale right here at Titanic Book Site.com on the Book Store page. The price is $8.00 + $2.00 for media mail shipping. If you would like to order one, please give the store a call at 1-800-781-6060 within the U.S., or 813-684-1133 from anywhere else. If you are out of the country (or simply don't want to use the phone), you can also email the store at bookcrnr@worldnet.att.net. For complete details, please see the Book Store page.

If you are in Great Britain/Europe, the book can be ordered directly from the author. He can be reached at: sennbrig@indigo.ie.

November 10, 2002.
William McMaster Murdoch, A Career at Sea, by Susanne Störmer.
The author's new, expanded Murdoch biography is almost four times as long as her earlier book. It is a hardcover book, with 424 pages, and like her first Murdoch bio, this one was written in English. It is nicely illustrated, too.

If you are here in the U.S. it is available for sale right here at Titanic Book Site.com on the Book Store page. The price is $45.00 + $5.00 for media mail shipping. If you would like to order one, please give the store a call at 1-800-781-6060 within the U.S., or 813-684-1133 from anywhere else. If you are out of the country (or simply don't want to use the phone), you can also email the store at bookcrnr@worldnet.att.net. For complete details, please see the Book Store page.

The book can also be ordered directly from the author in Germany. The cost to order the book through her, which includes surface shipping, is 40 Euros. It is a bit more expensive if you prefer a faster shipping method. For more information, including how to order, see the details on the William Murdoch page on Störmer's website.

October 27, 2002.
Touched by Titanic. Creative Writing, Poetry and Drawings by Children from Belfast, Cobh and Halifax, author unknown.
As the title suggests, this is a collection of writings and images by children showing how they interpret the Titanic disaster. I have heard some very good comments about this title, but have not seen it yet myself. Unfortunately, I am also having a difficult time finding out precisely how and where to order it. If anyone has any definite details about where to acquire the book, please drop me a note and I will add the information here. With thanks to Dru Schillow for tipping me off about this book.

October 24, 2002.
Titanic Tangent, or Something Like Ourselves, by Senan Molony.
Molony’s latest is a novella set aboard the Californian describing events on the night of April 14th, 1912. What actually happened on the ship that night? Unlike the modern reader, the crew had no access to the rest of the story to aid them in understanding what was happening. Have you ever tried to step back in time and put yourself in the shoes of the crew of the Californian and look at the experience from their point of view, while the actual events were occurring? In this fictional recreation, the author does just that. This approach makes for an interesting exercise in perspective that, to my knowledge, has not been attempted before. It makes for a thought provoking new angle on how we might want to interpret the Californian’s role.

This is a 58 page booklet with an attractive cover photo originally taken on the Californian's deck. It is available for sale on both sides of the Atlantic:

If you are here in the U.S. it is available for sale right here at Titanic Book Site.com on the Book Store page. The price is $8.50 + $2.00 for media mail shipping. If you would like to order one, please give the store a call at 1-800-781-6060 within the U.S., or 813-684-1133 from anywhere else. If you are out of the country (or simply don't want to use the phone), you can also email the store at bookcrnr@worldnet.att.net. For complete details, please see the Book Store page.

If you are in Great Britain/Europe, the book can be ordered directly from the author. He can be reached at: sennbrig@indigo.ie.

October 16, 2002.
A Night to Remember; the Definitive Titanic Film, by Jeffrey Richards.
This one looks like it will be fun for you movie buffs out there. Of the five major films made about the Titnaic disaster, many still consider the movie A Night to Remember to be the definitive Titanic film. Richards analyzes the film's history, production and reception, and compares it to the other films on the subject, most notably James Cameron's immortal version.

This is a softcover book with 136 pages. It is selling for £12.95 on Amazon.com UK. Here is the link to the Definitive Titanic Film on that site.
It is also available now here in the U.S. on Barnes & Nobles' website. Their price is $16.15. Here is the link to the Definitive Titanic Film there.

October 14, 2002.
A Hymn for Eternity: The Story of Wallace Hartley, Titanic Bandmaster
, by Yvonne Carroll.
A biography of the ship's bandmaster. The publisher sent me a photo of the book's cover, which you can see on Yvonne Carroll's author page. It is a softcover book, with 128 pages and lots of photo illustrations. The book seems to be fairly hard to acquire, though Amazon.comUK now lists the book as available. Their price is £10.39. Here is the link to Hymn for Eternity on Amazon.comUK.

October 11, 2002.
Hostage to Fortune
, by Simon Mills.
A new title about Titanic's sister ship Britannic. It is a hardback book with 224pp. The book is hard to find, but it is available on a diver's website called Aqua Press. Their price is £28.50. There is also a link to Hostage to Fortune on Amazon.comUK, although at the time of this posting, they are showing the book as not yet released. Their price is £28.50 as well. With thanks to Roy Mengot for information about this book.

September 15, 2002.
Sheer Silence
, by Bruce Goodman.
This is a play that, according to the author, deals with the New Zealand father and sisters of Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, as they follow the news events of the Titanic sinking. It was originally written in 1999, but just finished its premiere season in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information, see the page about Sheer Silence on the author's website.

September 12, 2002.
Titanic. A Nonfiction Companion to Tonight on the Titanic
, by Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne.
This title is meant as a nonfiction companion to Mary Osborne’s book Tonight on the Titanic. It is available in both hardcover and softback versions. The book has 128 pages, and like Mary Pope's book, this one is also illustrated by Sal Murdocca. The softcover book is selling for around $5.00, and the hardback for around $12.00. Here is the link to Titanic, a Nonfiction Guide on Amazon.com.

August 4, 2002.
The Titanic: The Tragedy at Sea
, by Kathleen W. Deady.
This title was originally not due out till the beginning of 2003, so it is way ahead of schedule. It is for the very young reader's market, in the 7 to 8 year old range. This is a hardcover book with 32 pages. It is available on all the usual new book sites, and seems to be selling for around $14.88. Here is the link to Titanic: The Tragedy at Sea on Barnes & Noble's website.

Unsinkable Molly Brown, by Francis E. Ruffin.
Another biography of Titanic's most famous survivor, this one for children. Brown has had more books published about her life than any other person on the ship. This one is a hardcover book, with just 24 pages. It is also available on the usual new book sites, and seems to be selling for around $18.75 on most of them. Here is the link to Unsinkable Molly Brown on Amazon.com's site. With thanks to Dru Schillow for tipping me off to this one.

Grandma Survived the Titanic, by Joseph L. Thomas.
According to the publisher’s website, this is the true story of a Lebanese immigrant bound for Michigan who traveled third class with her two small children on the Titanic. Despite not knowing a word of English, Anna Thomas managed to get herself and her family into one of the lifeboats. They were amongst the very few Lebanese passengers to survive the sinking.

This is a softcover book, with 118pp. It sells for $14.95 plus shipping. For more information, check out the publisher's website, Trafford Publishing. My thanks to Fiona Nitschke for unearthing this one.

July 14, 2002.
The Revenants
, by Brian Massey.
A novel about a deep sea diver who has his psychic abilities awakened when he is forced to dive on the wreck of the Titanic. He is confronted not only with the natural obstacles of diving the deep ocean, but with supernatural perils as well. This is not a new work, as it was originally published in 2001. But up until recently it was only available in an e-book format. Now, however, it can be ordered in a standard print version as well. The book is in wraps format, with 239 pages. The cost of the book on Barnes & Noble's website is $20.95.

Both the e-book and print versions can be ordered by going to The Revenants page of the author's website.

July 4, 2002.
Titanic Names: A Complete List of the Passengers and Crew
, by Lee Merideth.
This is a new work that covers the passengers and crew who sailed on the fateful voyage. According to the author it is a 96 page 11" x 8.5" (landscape format) perfect bound softcover book that lists every passenger and crewmember on the ship. Included in the listing is the age, residence, destination, place of embarkation, lifeboat they were on, if the body was recovered, where it was buried. For the crew, it also lists the job title and department they worked. There are also many supplemental notes with additional information about the passengers and especially the crew.

If you live near the Houston or Cleveland areas, you can buy the book at the Titanic exhibits in those towns. Otherwise, like all of his books, you can order this one directly from the author through his publishing house, Historical Indexes. The address is Historical Indexes Publishing, P O Box 64142, Sunnyvale, CA 94088. The cost for the book is $15.00, which includes shipping within the U.S. Merideth can be reached by E-mail at historyindex@earthlink.net.

July 4, 2002.
Raised on the Titanic
, by David Haisman.
Haisman's second book is his autobiography, which includes his experiences of 30 years at sea, much of this time with the Cunard-White Star Line. There is more about his parents, more about Titanic, Titanic Exhibitions, travel, many ships, humorous situations and tragedy. It is the same size and format as his first book, I'll See You in New York, which was a biography of his mother, Titanic survivor Edith Haisman. Like that book, this new one is softcover. The cost for this book is $18.50, which includes worldwide shipping.

Also available is a second printing of I'll See You in New York, which includes an expanded author’s forward explaining the story in more detail. The cost for that one is the same as for Raised on the Titanic. If you don't have his first book yet, you can get both for just $30, which includes shipping.

The second printing of I'll See You in New York is available now. Raised on the Titanic will be out in just a few weeks. Order inquiries should be sent directly to the author, who has returned to residing in Great Britain. Haisman can be reached by E-mail at titanicanme@aol.com.

July 4, 2002.
White Hurricane. A Great Lakes November Gale and America’s Deadliest Maritime Disaster
, by David G. Brown.
A new maritime work by Titanic author Brown, this one is about the Great Lakes "Perfect Storm" of 1913, in which 19 ships were lost and Cleveland suffered the worst natural disaster in its history. This book should be available through all major bookstores, and all the on-line sites as well. It is a hardbound work, with 256 pages. Here is the link to White Hurricane on Barnes & Noble's website.

June 24, 2002.
The Tragedy of the Titanic
, by Paul Kupperberg.
This is the latest book in the When Disaster Strikes! series for young readers. It covers the basics of the story in five chapters. Images include some of the common b/w photos from the time, and some newer color drawings as well. There is also a brief glossary, a further reading list, a bibliography and an index. Information about the major Titanic societies is also listed. This is a slender work, with just 48 pages. It is hardcover. For some reason, the book is awefully expensive with an asking price of $23.95. It is also very hard to find. The only site that seems to have it available is Amazon.com, and they have just a handful of copies in-stock at the time of this posting. Here is the link to Tragedy of the Titanic on Amazon.com's website.

May 29, 2002.
Titanic in Picture Postcards
, by Robin Gardiner & Robert McDougall.
This book is billed as a pictorial biography of Titanic, and of her crew and passengers. It contains a selection of more than 200 contemporary illustrations from Mr. McDougall’s extensive collection. It is a hardcover book with around 160 pages. It is only available through the British new book sites and stores, and as far as I know there will not be an American edition. Here is the link to Titanic in Picture Postcards on Amazon.comUK's website. Their price is £15.99 plus another £5 for shipping. That amount works out to $30 and change in U.S. dollars.

May 10, 2002.
The Mammoth Book of the Titanic
, first American edition, edited by Geoff Tibballs.
The American edition of this book is out a month early. It is available at the usual new book sites and stores. For more information about the book, see the alert under April 26th, below. Like the British edition, this one is a softcover with 512 pages. Here is the link for Mammoth on Barnes & Noble's website; their price is $11.65.

May 5, 2002.
The Age of Titanic
, by John Wilson Foster.
A new title by Foster, which, like his previous book, The Titanic Complex, looks at the disaster from the perspective of its cultural consequences. This new book apparently concentrates more on the reaction of fiction writers of the day, however. The book is softcover. Currently it is available only in Ireland, though there is going to be a UK printing in the Fall. There are no plans to publish an American edition at this time.

The price for this book is 20 Euros, with an additional 9.40 Euros for shipping to the U.S. The book can be ordered directly through the publisher, Merlin Publishing, although at the time I posted this alert, the book does not appear to be showing up on their website yet. If you are interested, click on their "contact" link and send them an E-mail. With thanks to Senan Molony for letting me know about this one.

April 26, 2002.
The Mammoth Book of How it Happened: Titanic
, edited by Geoff Tibballs.
This is another title I have very little information about. It is advertized as a collection of tales from the survivors themselves as well as contemporary newspaper accounts. One surprise, is that this is a text only work, there are apparently no illustrations. It is a softcover book, with over 500 pages. For now, it is only available through the British new book sites, but if you don't want to have to pay the overseas shipping fees, there is an upcoming American printing which should be available in the U.S. this June. I will post another notice when the American edition is available for purchase.

If you don't want to wait, here is the link to The Mammoth Book of How It Happened: Titanic on Amazon.com UK's site. The price of the book is just £6.39 plus about £5 for shipping. That's about $16.50 American.

April 21, 2002.
Who Sailed on Titanic?
by Debbie Beavis.
A compilation of the various versions of Titanic passenger lists found in archives around the world. This is a hardcover book with roughly 300 pages. For now, it is only available through the British new book sites, but if you don't want to have to pay the overseas shipping fees, there is an upcoming American printing which should be available in the U.S. this June. I will post a new notice when that edition is available for purchase.

If you just can't wait, here is the link to Who Sailed on Titanic on Amazon.com UK's website. The price of the book is £15.99 plus about £5 for shipping. That works out to around $30 American.

April 19, 2002.
The Sinking of the Titanic, An Ice Pilot’s Perspective
, by Captain L. Marmaduke Collins.
A book that reexamines one of the most basic tenants of the entire Titanic saga, that the ship was lost after collision with a large iceberg. The author believes it may have happened otherwise, that Titanic smashed not into a berg, but rather into a low lying ice shelf. It is a radical theory, but the author claims he has the evidence to back it up in the testimony given at the American and British inquiries. This one sounds intriguing.

This is a trade paperback with 220 pages. The price is $18.95, and that is U.S. dollars. It is available directly from the publisher, Breakwater Books. Here is the link to An Ice Pilot's Perspective on their website. You can also phone them at 1-800-563-3333.

March 26, 2002.
Unsinkable. The Full Story of R.M.S. Titanic
, by Daniel Allen Butler.
Titanic Memories: The Making of A Night to Remember, by William MacQuitty.
These titles were originally released as hardcover books, and are now available in paperback editions. Butler's book retails for $16, MacQuitty's for $14.95. Both titles are available on all the major on-line sites and probably at your local book store as well.

March 17, 2002.
Grey Ghost. The Story of the Aircraft Carrier Hornet
, by Lee W. Merideth.
A new maritime work by Titanic author Merideth, this one is about the eight vessels in the American navy to carry the name Hornet. The latest incarnation is the most decorated warship in the U.S. fleet, now a floating museum in Alameda, California. Merideth's book includes a walking tour of the portions of the ship open to the public. Grey Ghost tells the story of all eight vessels to carry the name, including perhaps the most famous Hornet, the aircraft carrier that carried Doolittle's Raiders to Japan.

This book is softcover with 264 pages and 98 photos. The cost for this one is $18.00, which includes shipping within the continental U.S. You can order Grey Ghost directly through the author. He can be reached by E-mail at historyindex@earthlink.net.

March 1, 2002.
A Ship Accused. The Case of the S.S. Californian: Re-Examined
, by Senan Molony.
The night the Titanic was sinking, there seemed to be another ship just a few miles away from the doomed liner. A ship close enough to have saved everyone if only she had responded. But she never did. This vessel became known as the “mystery ship” and both the American and British inquiries independently determined that the identity of this ship was the Leyland liner S.S. Californian, commanded by Stanley Lord.

The guilt or innocence of the Californian is probably the most hotly debated issue in the entire Titanic cannon. Molony takes the position that Californian was NOT the mystery ship, and through a work of some 50 chapters, he lays out his arguments with extraordinary depth and detail. Like a lot of people, I felt the evidence as presented up to now was inconclusive. But if I had to make a stand, my feeling was that the evidence for Californian's guilt was the stronger. After finishing A Ship Accused, I have done a complete 180. To my mind, Molony has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Californian really was 20 odd miles away from where Titanic was sinking and could not have been the mystery ship.

If you have an interest in this subject, A Ship Accused is a must read. To see a picture of the book's cover, and read my complete review, head right on over to Molony's author page on this site. The information will be found at the bottom of that page. This book is oversized wraps (roughly 12 by 8 1/2) with a color card cover and 238 pages. It is nicely illustrated as well, with many photos never having been seen inprint since 1912.

The book is now available for sale on both sides of the Atlantic:

If you are here in the U.S. it is available for sale right here at Titanic Book Site.com on the Book Store page. The price is $30 + $5 for media mail shipping. See the Book Store page for complete details.

If you are in Great Britain/Europe, the book can be ordered directly from the author. The cost for the book is $35 U.S., which includes worldwide shipping. He can be reached at: sennbrig@indigo.ie.

February 24, 2002.
1912 Facts About Titanic
, by Lee W. Merideth, the hardcover edition.
This book has been out for a few years at this point, but I just found out from the author that a hardcover version is also available. For those of you, like me, who really prefer a hardback, this is great news. Merideth still maintains the softcover edition in-print as well, now in its 6th printing. You can order either version directly from the author through his publishing house, Historical Indexes. The address is Historical Indexes Publishing, P O Box 64142, Sunnyvale, CA 94088. The cost for the softback version is $12.95 + $2.05 s&h; total $15.00. The hardcover edition is $18.95 + $3.05 s&h; total $22.00. These shipping charges are for within the continental U.S., contact the author directly for shipping costs outside this area. Merideth can be reached by E-mail at historyindex@earthlink.net.

January 5, 2002.
Ken Marschall's preliminary report on his recent visit to the Titanic wreck is available. As most of you know, James Cameron returned to Titanic a few months ago to shoot a new IMAX film. Maritime artist Marschall went along as technical advisor, and personally took part in about a third of the dives. Marschall has now published his experiences in an on-line article in which he describes how the wreck has changed since the Ballard dives in the late 1980s. The article can be found on Parks Stephenson's website, the Marconigraph.com. Here is the link to the Ken Marschall article.