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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like actually being there, Fantastic!
What a fantastic book, the authur actually puts you inside the Doria and sends you on this nightmare journey, the detail is so graphical, and the explainations so detailed, you can almost smell the panic and feel the cold, an absolute must for anyone who is interested in this which was a truly magnificent ship and amazing rescue story!
Published on 19 July 2003 by Mr Nick Jones

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks objectivity.
One gets the clear impression from reading this book that the author is lacking the resolve to come out and say what he thinks.

In 1956, two passenger ships collided some miles off New York. One, the Stockholm, was in the hands of the ship's third officer Carstens. He was alone at a time when regulations demanded two officers be on the bridge. Over the years...
Published on 14 Oct. 2008 by Ned Middleton


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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks objectivity., 14 Oct. 2008
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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One gets the clear impression from reading this book that the author is lacking the resolve to come out and say what he thinks.

In 1956, two passenger ships collided some miles off New York. One, the Stockholm, was in the hands of the ship's third officer Carstens. He was alone at a time when regulations demanded two officers be on the bridge. Over the years both his testimony and his ability have been thrown into considerable doubt by some of the world's leading marine accident experts. In my own view, this officer's two most important failings were; (A) This was his first time as officer of the watch (i.e. his very first time at being in charge of a ship!) and he never called the captain for help or advice at any time - even though he had been instructed so to do on encountering fog. (B) It was later proved that his radar screen was set to the 5 mile range when Carstens thought it was set to the 15 mile range and, consequently, he thought the oncoming ship was much further away than was actually the case.

On the bridge of the other ship (the Andrea Doria) Captain Calamai had taken command of his vessel because of the foggy conditions. He had also reduced speed and was assisted in his duties by two other officers.

This author can write and, in this book, he tells a story and tells it well. For me, however, he glosses over those salient points which would ordinarily allow the reader to reach their own conclusion. It is as though the author is content to see a point mentioned (and sometimes the most important points are barely mentioned at all), before moving on.

I don't know whether Goldstein personally undertook all the research necessary for a book of this nature or whether he read a number of other books on the same subject before putting his own version together. Either way, I remain disappointed with the end product.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like actually being there, Fantastic!, 19 July 2003
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What a fantastic book, the authur actually puts you inside the Doria and sends you on this nightmare journey, the detail is so graphical, and the explainations so detailed, you can almost smell the panic and feel the cold, an absolute must for anyone who is interested in this which was a truly magnificent ship and amazing rescue story!
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