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The Great Liners Story [Hardcover]

William Miller
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Book Description

1 April 2012 Story
This illustrated and colourful history charts the hey-day of the great liners, those grand and lavish vessels that cruised around the world carrying their glamorous passengers from port to port. Decorated to the highest of finishes, fitted out in the most luxurious of styles, these floating palaces epitomised their opulent age. Their iconic names, from Titanic to Mauretania, from Queen Elizabeth to QE2, conjure up visions of power, grace, elegance and nostalgia for this golden age of travel. Written by maritime and cruise liner expert William Miller, and accompanied by stunning photographs, artworks, Did You Know facts and quotations, The Great Liners Story is a must-have addition to any maritime library.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1 edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752464523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752464527
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William H. Miller has written more than 80 books on passenger ships, including "Doomed Ships," "Picture History of the Andrea Doria," "RMS Caronia," and "SS United States." He has received the National Maritime History Award and he created the passenger ship database for the Ellis Island Museum. He appeared in the documentary "SS United States: Lady in Waiting" and a documentary about his life and studies, "Mr. Ocean Liner," premiered aboard "RMS Queen Mary 2" on July 1, 2010. He lives in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The pitts! 14 July 2012
Do the publisher's house needs to make money ? One wonders reading this five minutes book! This one is good just about enough for preventing a coffee table from not falling over!

It's good for liners starters yet, but that's about the only use I can fin for it. Sad ... To say the least!
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 4 Jan 2013
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I bought it for my husband - we have just been on a Cunard cruise and he is interested in the ships and the line so it was a good book for him - delivery quality etc good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 14 Dec 2012
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This little book provides a fascinating insight into these remarkable ships and would surely whet the appetite to learn more about the great liners and their times. Written by the acknowledged expert in this field, this book is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! 26 Dec 2013
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Bill Miller produces another superb book. A little pocket history of the ocean liner that's true to his style of generous writing and superb photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, informative 1 Aug 2012
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Great concise book..I was particularly interested in the early German liners that are described and their design issues. I sailed on both the USS United States and the France going to school in France as a kid and have always loved these ships
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Liners Story 20 Aug 2012
By Viv S - Published on
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A good compact size book for easy reading, wonderful information and photos. I have many of Millers books and they are all great so I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in liners. Thumbs up Amazon Books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great "Miller book"!! 27 May 2013
By Peter R. Hodges - Published on
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Super synopsis on all the greatest Atlantic ocean liners, by the greatest liner author of modern times!! Lots of historic photos too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, great pictures, but just too short. 21 April 2013
By Tyler J. Carelli - Published on
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I'm somewhat new to maritime history, I've known a lot about the Titanic for most of my life and I've been going on cruises with my family and understand the allure ( no pun intended, I hate those two behemoths anyway) of sea travel. Anyway, I had ordered a copy of The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the great Atlantic express liners---from the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth 2 and thought that this book would be a good companion, it arrived early, so I figured I'd give it a read.

Bill Miller's style is very easy to read and he cuts right to the chase on each era/liner in the book. The book reads much like a condensed version of The Only Way to Cross, albeit with slightly more fore and aft. What I mean by the corny pun is that Miller's book covers more time. Miller starts in the 1890's when Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to engage in some one-ups-manship with the British, and he ends with the Allure of the Seas, the current largest ship at 225,000+ GT ( For comparisons sake, the Titanic was about 39,000 GT by modern gross tonnage standards. ) The update does definitely add to the book's value, as the current generation of ships is generally excluded from most commentary on the ocean liner (besides the Queen Mary 2)

My only issue with this book is that it is very short, its about 130 pages and the book itself isn't "normal-sized" but much smaller. I bought this along with The Only Way to Cross because I wanted some new information on the liners. Like I previously said, there was some new material, but those sections are rather short. The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse was built only a decade before the Mauretania and it was only with the Queen Mary 2 that a "true liner" was built again. However, this book does have spectacular (and new) illustrations, particularly of the Cunard Queens and the Normandie. The pictures take up quite a lot of space, so if you're a fan of illustration you will enjoy this book.

Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who wants a short overview of the history of the ocean liner, perhaps maybe the young historian. The book is also not very expensive for a hard cover, so if you really want this it's worth the money. However, if you want the most detailed account of the Atlantic superliner, then buy The Only Way to Cross instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love books about Ocean Liners 3 Feb 2013
By Michael J. Burton - Published on
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Small book, great reading, It was fun to carry it around and read a few pages when I had a few free moments.
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