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In the tradition of Erik Larson's Dead Wake comes The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria, about the sinking of the glamorous Italian ocean liner.

In 1956, a stunned world watched as the famous Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria sank after being struck by a Swedish vessel off the coast of Nantucket. Unlike the Titanic, this sinking played out in real time across radios and televisions, the first disaster of the modern age. Audiences witnessed it all: the unthinkable collision of two modern vessels equipped with radar; perilous hours of uncertainty; the heroic rescue of passengers, and the final gasp as the pride of the Italian fleet slipped beneath the Atlantic, taking some 50 lives with her. Her loss signaled the end of the golden era of ocean liner travel. 

Now, Greg King and Penny Wilson offer a fresh look at this glittering liner and her untimely end. Andrea Doria represented the romance of travel, the possibility of new lives in the new world, and the glamour of 1950s art, culture, and life. Set against a glorious backdrop of celebrity and La Dolce Vita, Andrea Doria's last voyage comes vividly to life in a narrative tightly focused on her passengers - Cary Grant's wife; Philadelphia's flamboyant mayor; the heiress to the Marshall Field fortune; and brave Italian emigrants - who found themselves plunged into a desperate struggle to survive. The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria follows the effect this trauma had on their lives, and brings the story up to date with the latest expeditions to the wreck. 

Drawing on in-depth research and new interviews with survivors, many of which have never been published before, The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria offers a fresh look at this legendary liner and her tragic fate, in this vibrant story of fatal errors, shattered lives, and the triumph of the human spirit.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 Greg King and Penny Wilson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • joanna morse
  • 18-06-2020

Systemic racism revealed

In the midst of this tragedy is another example of one people being purposefully misrepresented.
Thank you Greg King and Penny Wilson for retelling the story as it should’ve been from the beginning.

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  • Keith Hopper
  • 21-05-2020

nicely detailed and well written

I enjoyed this one. I learned a lot about the event and the people. Most was new to me. Tightly written and expertly narrated.

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  • Andrea C. Shebuski
  • 10-01-2021

Great!

Recommend! I enjoy reading about lost liners. If you like this sort of thing, this is for you. Good narration.

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