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Desperate Hours: The Epic Rescue of the Andrea Doria

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  67 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A stupendous feat of reportage.
-Ron Powers, cowriter of Flags of Our Fathers

Praise for Desperate Hours

"Goldstein's book is packed with detail. . . . This description of the Doria's sinking is especially moving."
-The New York Times

"A stupendous feat of reportage. Goldstein has virtually put us into lifeboats and sent us hurtling into the North Atlantic on the night of July
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Wiley (first published October 1st 2001)
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Barbie J
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little slow at first but then it takes off. Reading about the experiences of so many different people makes you feel as if you were on one of the ships, watching them for yourself. The trauma, the heartache, the joy of discovering a loved one is still alive, the despair of discovering they are gone, and the aftermath of it all, remind us that a ships sinking is not something to be romanticized by Hollywood. This is history, real life horror, and should be seen as examples of what not to do whe ...more
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
On a fog-laden night in 1956, the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish ship Stockholm. While the Stockholm sustained only damage to her prow (and the death of five crewmen), the Andrea Doria was essentially t-boned, taking a mortal hit to her side. Over the next ten hours, the ship would develop and ever more pronounced list, and eventually capsize in a spectacular manner. All but a few dozen of her thousands of passengers would be rescued, and this is the story of the col ...more
Alison O'Leary
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This boat wreck story is too easily told in a brief few chapters: both captains were cavalier about their duties transporting thousands of passengers through a crowded shipping lane in less-than-perfect weather. The author takes a step-by-step approach to the actions at the helms of the ships as they slid toward one another in the night, but distracts the reader frequently with too many details of passengers' mundane evening activities. In fact, far too many small details about passengers are in ...more
Cary Lackey
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very compelling and straight forward account of the Andrea Doria disaster. I read this book almost immediately after reading Moscow's Collision Course, and found it to be a great companion (I'd recommend reading both). I especially enjoyed this book's thorough treatment of the disaster from the passengers' respective experiences, as well as well written coverage of the aftermath of the disaster and the "where are they now?" chapters found later in the book. Highly recommended, especially when ...more
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Bookseller: Linda

I did see the Stockholm up close in 1956, but was too young to understand. Now, Goldstein has put the "news" on the front page.
It reads as a minute-by-minute live story. The collision (Stockholm & Andrea Doria), reactions of captains & crews, actions of rescuers responding to distress calls and voyagers, keep this fast-paced.

Many questions mere raised- media coverage, legal claims, procedures - all following a tragedy, are still with us today.

Luckily, this was not a Tita
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nonfiction
If the sinking of the Titanic signaled an end of an era and way of life, then the Andrea Doria’s demise was a bookend to that, bringing ocean liner travel to a close and ushering in the heyday of airlines and trans-Atlantic flight. I’m fascinated by shipwrecks and didn’t know much about the Andrea Doria, so it was interesting to see similarities and differences between the two accidents. Although it seems that not a thing was left out of this account, the personal stories of the passengers, wher ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very thorough story of the event. Many interviews with survivors, crew and others. Also much background on many of the people involved. A step by step account of how everything played out.
Reet Champion
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An informative read as well as absorbing. Goldstein entwines passenger and crew dialogue to create an exciting and sad tale.
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