"A stupendous feat of reportage." <br> -Ron Powers, cowriter of Flags of Our Fathers<br> <br> Praise for Desperate Hours<br> <br> "Goldstein's book is packed with detail. . . . This description of the Doria's sinking is especially moving."<br> -The New York Times<br> <br> "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 25, 1956."<br> -Ron Powers, cowriter, Flags of Our Fathers, and author of Dangerous Water and Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore<br> <br> On an extraordinary summer's night in 1956, in a fog off Nantucket, the world-renowned ocean liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish liner Stockholm and, eleven hours later, tragically sank. But in that brief time the Doria became, after the Titanic, the most storied vessel of the century, as nearly 1,700 people were saved in an unforgettable rescue punctuated by countless acts of heroism amid confusion, terror, and even cowardice.<br> <br> In the tradition of Walter Lord's A Night To Remember, Desperate Hours re-creates the ill-fated voyage, from the passengers' parting waves at Genoa, to their last evening highball in the Doria's lavish lounge, to the unbelievable realization that catastrophe was imminent. Richard Goldstein draws from dozens of interviews, court documents, memoirs, and reports that relate never-before-told stories. He also presents technical findings that shed light on the blame for the disaster. The result is a definitive history of a fateful day, a legendary liner, and a deadly shipwreck now considered by scuba divers to be the Mount Everest of the deep.
"A compelling and definitive account... Desperate Hours reveals why the allure of the Doria continues to attract and fascinate even now, almost 50 years later." (The Boating Channel,www.boatingchannel.com) Goldstein focuses on the stories of the people, with just enough attention to the technical issues and the various legal battles to round out the account... Following the story from ship to ship, deck to deck, he clearly dissects the rescue of the passengers and crew." (Library Journal, October 15, 2001) "[J]ournalist Goldstein (Mine Eyes Have Seen, 1997) offers the definitive history of the Doria's sinking and the rescue of 1,700 people." (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2001) "...provides an interesting insight into how people react when faced with a catastrophe at sea..." (Lloyd's List, 11 January 2002) "..perfectly readable and..engaging (The Mail on Sunday, 3 February 2002)
PART I: THE VOYAGE
1. "Brace Yourself".
2. "A Floating Art Gallery".
3. "Take the Doria, You'll Never Forget It".
4. "A Picture of Scandinavian Efficiency".
5. "The Times Square of the Atlantic".
6. "Each Shall Alter Her Course to Starboard".
PART II: THE COLLISION.
7. "Why Doesn't He Whistle?"
8. "I Think We Hit an Iceberg".
9. "Don't Worry, There's Nothing Wrong".
10. "Need Immediate Assistance".
PART III: THE RESCUE.
11. "This Is No Drill".
12. "How Many Lifeboats?"
13. "We Are Bending Too Much".
14. "Let's Pray to St. Ann".
15. "We Won't Leave You".
16. "Lady, You're Lucky to Be Alive".
17. "Light Up Everything, Quickly".
18. "You Have to Have Courage".
19. "Get Your Cameras".
20. "Bulletin . . . Bulletin . . . Bulletin".
21. "You May Go, I'm Staying".
22. "Seaworthiness Nil".
23. "That Thing's Going Down in Five Minutes".
24. "It Is Incomprehensible".
25. "How Good God Is to Me".
26. "Oh, What a Climax".
27. "It's My Baby".
28. "I Lost My Love for Italians".
29. "This Is a Jumbled Story".
PART IV: THE QUESTIONS.
30. "The Passengers Were Highly Excitable".
31. "It Could Have Been a Patch of Fog".
32. "The Stability of the Ship Was Low".
33. "I Could Have Changed Course".
PART V: THE MEMORIES.
34. "Why Did I Get Spared?"
35. "The Poor Man Was Destroyed".
PART VI: THE SHIPWRECK.
36. "It's Got the Mystique".