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Queen Mary 2 : the greatest ocean liner of our time
Maxtone-Graham, John.
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New York : Bulfinch Press, [2004]

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206 pages : color illustrations ; 35 cm
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VM383.Q42 M39 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Celebrating the launch of the Cunard Line's latest flagship, this richly illustrated look at the Queen Mary 2 documents the construction of the vessel, from initial design to christening, and looks at the ship's lavish interiors, stunning array of amenities, passenger accommodations, and more. 20,00

Author Notes

John Kurtz Maxtone-Graham (August 2, 1929 - July 6, 2015) was a speaker and writer on ocean liners and maritime history. He was born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. He graduated from Brown University in 1951. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and had once worked unsuccessfully as a Broadway stage manager. In 1972, he wrote his first book on ocean liners, The Only Way to Cross, to be followed by numerous other books for small publishing houses. France/Norway, was published in 2010, and in March 2012 he wrote and published Titanic Tragedy.

He is the father of writer Ian Maxtone-Graham. John Maxtone-Graham died from respiratory failure in Manhattan on July 6, 2015, aged 85.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

"Destined to astonish" was how the designers of the new grand lady of ocean liners conceived of their project. As of just a few months ago, the Queen Mary 2,0 sister ship to the popular and still busy Queen Elizabeth 20 , entered transatlantic service and is now the flagship of the venerable Cunard Line. The QM20 is not only the most expensive passenger liner ever built but also the largest, broadest, and tallest. Written by a renowned maritime historian, whose engaging text is augmented by spectacular photographs by Harvey Lloyd, a photographer recognized as a specialist in the cruise industry, this large-format book follows the "life" thus far of this spectacular ship, from concept to launch. The author, with the photographer at his side, ushers the reader on an awe-inspiring tour of the Queen0 from stem to stern; fascinating, too, is the detailed history of the Cunard Line and its most famous liners, including the previous Queen Mary,0 now permanently docked in Long Beach, California. A feast for technology and travel enthusiasts. --Brad Hooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

If military historian Maxtone-Graham is at times a bit breathless in his praise of the Queen Mary 2, the Cunard line's new $800 million luxury liner, it's easy to forgive his enthusiasm after thumbing through the sumptuous photography in this oversized tome. Four city blocks long and taller than the Statue of Liberty, the Queen Mary 2 boasts the customary amenities as well as a planetarium, spa and fanciful children's playrooms. Maxtone-Graham celebrates this unprecedented hulk with romantic hyperbole: "Her 147-foot (45-meter) beam at the bridge betrays her as definitively-nay, defiantly!-too wide for Panama's canal. For this monster to circumnavigate the globe, it's either around Cape Horn or threading her way cautiously through the icy wastes of northern Canada's archipelago." He also dishes a little history in the chapter on 19th-century transatlantic travel, when crossing the ocean was rarely comfortable and often terrifying by today's standards. The historian explains that in the 1840s, "a covered chamber pot remain[ed] a cherished cabin perquisite because Brittania's lavatories [were] out on deck, an invariably damp nocturnal excursion." Another chapter relates the seafaring lives of past "Queen" vessels-touching briefly on the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary's transformation into troop ships during WWII and chronicling their important passengers, including Sir Winston Churchill, Cary Grant and a long list of Atlantic-hopping VIPs. Serious maritime enthusiasts will delight in Maxtone-Graham's adoring account of the major "Cunarders" from 1840 to 2004, while Harvey Lloyd's vivid, full-bleed photos of the vessel's interior will thrill those readers more interested in the creature comforts on board. 200 four-color illustrations (May) FYI: Like an extended advertisement for the ocean liner, this lush, glossy volume might help readers and would-be cruisers forget the November, 2003 shipyard tragedy, when the ship's gangway collapsed, killing 15. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.