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Posted September 10, 2006
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the sinking of what was regarded in its day as the most elegant and opulent of all luxury liners, THE definitive, authoritative book on the Andrea Doria has finally been written. Of all the books ever published on this famous ship and its infamous sinking, this is the first and only book ever authored by a surviving passenger. There is no other person alive today who knows more about the Andrea Doria and its tragic demise than this author. The first half of the book is a riveting collection of personal accounts from passengers and crewmembers aboard the ship, with recollections of life-and-death drama, courage and heroism painted against the backdrop of impending and escalating peril. The second half of the book is a technical and scientific examination of exactly how and why the Stockholm crashed into the Andrea Doria, revealing for the first time ever some startling new facts which have never before been published. Finally, the truth is now revealed. The conclusive evidence presented herein returns the culpability for the causes of the collision to the correct place, demonstrating clearly the errors made by the crew of the Swedish liner, and vindicating at last the crew of the Italian liner. The collusion between lawyers and insurers in the illegal obstruction of justice in the Federal Court settlement is now also finally exposed. The particular ways in which the court hearings came to a suspicious and abrupt end before testimony had been completed, and without a trial, and without even an examination of the ships¿ course recorders or other evidence, are revealed in this book. As the author profoundly states, the Truth was the main casualty of this disaster. Lives were lost, injuries were sustained, immigrants lost their entire worldly possessions, and careers were destroyed, as in the case of Captain Calamai, who unjustly became a scapegoat for someone else¿s mistakes, as the insurer gave greater priority to a quick and easy settlement than to a truthful, just or fair one. Fortunately, however, there is great encouragement to be found in the heroic rescue efforts that prevailed throughout the foggy waters of the north Atlantic on that night of July 25th, 1956, and this book is an uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit to rise above and conquer any trial. Indeed, the extraordinary rescue efforts that saved so many lives, and which spared the Andrea Doria from being recorded in history as another Titanic, are now recognized as constituting the greatest peacetime maritime rescue in history. This book is not only a gripping, eyewitness account of one of the most important and newsworthy events of the 20th century, but especially with the diagrams and photographs throughout, with the numerous interviews and direct quotations, and with the extensive appendices and notes at the end, this book is also an excellent historic and encyclopedic reference for the facts, figures, technical data and original personal experiences surrounding ¿The Greatest Sea Rescue in History¿.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2006
The author is able to give you a first hand account of her personal experience aboard this sinking ship. She documents in detail, her life story and the stories of several other survivors who were rescued on the Andrea Doria. GREAT summer reading!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.