Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

by Kevin F. McMurray
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Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria by Kevin F. McMurray

On a foggy July evening in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, bound for New York, was struck broadside by another vessel. In eleven hours, she would sink nearly 250 feet to the murky Atlantic Ocean floor. Thanks to a daring rescue operation, only 51 of more than 1,700 people died in the tragedy. But the Andrea Doria is still taking lives.

Considered the Mt. Everest of diving, the Andrea Doria is the ultimate deepwater wreck challenge. Over the years, a small but fanatical group of extreme scuba divers have investigated the Andrea Doria, pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance to explore her -- and not all have returned. Diver Kevin McMurray takes you inside this elite club with a hard, honest look at those who go deeper, farther, and closer to the edge than others would ever dream.

Deep Descent is the riveting true story of the human spirit overcoming human frailty and of fearsome, mortal risks traded for a hard-core adrenaline rush. Chronicling these adventures in his page-turning narrative and in dozens of dramatic photos, McMurray draws us deeper into the cold heart of the unforgiving sea, giving us a powerful vision of a place to which few will ever have the skills -- or the courage -- to go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439107423
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/09/2002
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 203,624
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Kevin F. McMurray is an award-winning journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Outside, Yankee, Men's Journal, The Sunday Times (London), Rock and Ice, Cigar Aficionado, and other publications. An avid outdoor adventurer, McMurray is an expert scuba diver and former world record holder for swimming around Manhattan. He lives in Brewster, New York, with his wife and two daughters.

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Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a compelling dive story that every dive should read.
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Charlottes_webCD More than 1 year ago
Great story of how pride can kill even the best divers.  Great history of ship 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin has captured the suspense of this wreck and put the reader right into the action, both at the time of the sinking and the later explorations of the ship. This book draws the reader into the story much like the book The Perfect Storm did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book I would recommend to anyone whether or not they are a diver. It keeps you interested from the first pages to the last. I am a diver and have been diving for about 12 years. And this book is one of the more real life tell it like it is books out there. And if your a diver that only dives in 50 or 100ft visibility this is a must read to see the other side of diving. Hope this review helps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Northeast cold-water wreck diver and found this book fascinating. This book is what the Last Dive tried to be. It accurately described the world of technical diving while making the reader feel a sense of adventure. A must read for all wreck divers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. McMurrays factual accounts of the tragic demise of some of technical diving's elite is gripping, and non-stop suspense. The book, which used excerpts from many other sources, is well written and thoughtfully compiled. I was unable to put it down. There is one thing however the author fails to accurately describe. The reader would incorrectly conclude that diving the Andrea Doria is suicide while in fact, of all the dives made on her, the fatality rate is less than one tenth of one percent. It concerns me that the nondiving public will accept this book as a deterrent against diving in general. In these days demonizing a sport just beginning to appeal to the general public is thoughtless. On a final note, McMurray's historic descriptions of events appear to be as accurate as you will find without bias!
Guest More than 1 year ago
....if you are a diver you'll be fascinated! Like the previous reviewer I pretty much devoured this book. I dive, I dive cold water, I dive with mixed gas but I don't think I'll ever dive the 'Doria' so this book served as a very suitable substitute!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was non stop reading. I finished the book in 6 hrs. It gave me a whole knew outlook on wreck diving my goal is to dive 200 ft or better in 2yrs start planing 'ANDRIA DORI' in 4yrs