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A Man And His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect And His Quest To Build The S.S. United States (2012)

by Steven Ujifusa(Favorite Author)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 3
1451645074 (ISBN13: 9781451645071)
Simon & Schuster
review 1: I knew some of the story of SS United States but didn't realize it was truly the lifelong ambition of William Francis Gibbs to build the finest, fastest, safest passenger ship in the world. This is a good story of one of those obsessed people who achieve their dream despite seemingly everything being against them. There were a few apparent discrepancies among the dates the author gives for certain events that bothered the flow of the story for me, and one statement regarding the projected scrapping of the ship that I thought was a glaring error, but over all I thought it was very good read. Plus, there is a tip about a Disney movie, "Bon Voyage," that was partially filmed aboard the ship, so you still have a chance to see the long-gone interiors of this "very fast l... moready."
review 2: If you are interested in naval architecture, or in the grand era of transoceanic travel, you will enjoy this book. It is a good introduction to the basics of shipbuilding, though not an in-depth story of the life of William Francis Gibbs. It is indeed the story of a man and his ship, from his earliest dreams in his teens to the final fruition of that dream, and the current status of some of his ships, including the "SS United States." I enjoyed it very much, and recommend it to those who are interested in ships. less
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Not a book for everyone but a fascinating history of Trans-Atlantic water transport.
An interesting history of cruise ships, seen through the life of a naval architect.
Great book about a great ship
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