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Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend Hardcover – 29 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (29 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810956136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810956131
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 3.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Plisson is a highly acclaimed marine photographer, who in 1990 was admitted into the exclusive and historic group Peintres de la Marine (Official Painters of the French Navy). Gwen-Hael Denigot is a freelance journalist specializing in subjects relating to the sea. She is a regular contributor to the science magazines.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell Wild on 17 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book starts out with a brief hisory of the Queen Mary 2 project before embarking on a visual tour-de-force, covering everything from the cutting of the first plate through to the first arrival in New York. It then rounds out with a short, illustrated history of the Cunard line.

If you're looking for an in-depth narrative account of Queen Mary 2's history, then you should probably look elsewhere. This book excels almost purely because of the quality of its many photographs. Plisson is a true professional, and each and every photograph is artistic, often breathtaking, and always revealing. Despite the book being quite large, most of the time there is only one photograph per page, or occasionally a two page spread. You can probably imagine the resulting wealth of detail that can be seen. Captions are sparingly sprinkled throughout, bringing context to the images.

Although the ship has already received a number of visible updates, this volume is, and will likely remain, the most comprehensive visual reference for Queen Mary 2. Whether you're a casual ocean liner admirer, or a dedicated 'rivet counter', this book will not fail to impress you, and regardless of what detail - large or small - you happen to be looking for, you're guaranteed to find it.
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Format: Hardcover
The RMS Queen Mary 2 truely is a magnificent feat of maritime engineering and is a worthy successor to the legendary QE2 (1969 - 2008) having taken over the mantle of transaltantic liner and 'Flagship' to the Cunard Line.

The book starts with a detailed history of the Cunard Line and the ships that followed in the QM2's wake, including the QE2, and this first part of the book concludes with a history of the Alstom Chantiers Atlantique shipyard and a few of the famous names which were built at this yard on the banks of the River Loire. The colour images of the ship being built as and when it happend are beyond stunning and it is a proud testemant to the skill and paitence of the yard workers who worked tirelessly to meet the tight delivery deadline - they were given a mere 2 years to deliver the ship to Cunard. I must be honest and say that this book was actually presented to me by the Cunard Line in November 2006, nevertheless this book is something to be a treasured forever and makes for a great companion to Carol Thatcher's 'QE2 - Forty Years Famous' and soon-to-be released 'QE2 - Britian's Greatest Liner' which I look forward to recieving when it is delivered to me in December 2008.
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By Thea Thomson on 16 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a last minute "secret Santa" - a great success, the book was much better than I had anticipated given the price.
Excellent for someone with an interest in how the finished article was built/
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. F. Barnes on 5 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first purchased this book last year, the second of two publications on sale at a renowned bookshop. I have to say that this one is the better of the two. It documents the construction of "The New QE2" bearing in mind its reminiscence of its older sister now nearing forty years in service. Queen Mary 2 is now widely known as QM2 and has a number of new features which puts it a league above other liners. The most unique is a seaborne planetarium, which only more knowledgeable maritime buffs may inform us all as to whether or not it is the first ever aboard a ship. Cunard says it is. Although this book mentions shopping facilities here, it indicates that they are not as extensive as the supposed "shopping malls" which have been documented aboard other vessels. A number of celebrities including Dame Shirley Bassey have since visited ports of call on the new flagship although I would like to see live or recorded TV shows featuring today's stars coming from the QM2. Maybe Alison Moyet could do a classy jazz performance from the ballroom or Bonnie Tyler do a show in the theatre. The very mentioning in Jim Steinman's songs of luxury, ravenous desire and stagey melodramas in prestigious venues where love has it's field day from this unto the next paradise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The building and trials of the QM2 6 Feb. 2008
By Stanwyck - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I actually bought this book from Amazon during a cruise aboard the QM2! The ship's book store is ridiculously overpriced, but I was able to see this book up against some others that were available. I chose this one.
(QM2 also has an overpriced internet connection, so the book was waiting for me when I got home.)

This book is loaded with good pictures about the construction of the ship, her fitting out, acceptance trials, and many shots of the interior while it was being finished out.

One real positive- unlike most other books of this type, you don't have almost a third of the book devoted to the history of ocean liners or the Cunard line!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hail to the new queen! 15 Aug. 2005
By Robert L. Ross - Published on
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The book capturing the birth of the Queen Mary II is awesome. The photography and narrative, as well as, the construction technique of the world's newest transatlantic liner are incredible. It is amazing to realize that the Titanic with a capacity of almost as many passengers and crew is less than one third the size of the QM2.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An amazing chronicle of the birth of an ocean liner 9 Aug. 2008
By Robert Pollock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Words can't describe how wonderful this book is. A must for all ocean liner enthusiasts.
Awesome book of the building and construction of a Legend 29 May 2013
By C. Phan - Published on
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QM2 is an amazing ocean liner and one of the last of the kind. Ever wonder why the new QE (3) and QV don't have a book like this? Well, they are mere cruise ships (Vista-class) formulated and altered to be like a liner, but they are not. This book is all about the construction and launch of the RMS QM2, which today stands as the last ocean liner ever built by Cunard since the QE2. The book has a very thick cover, almost padded like, and not textbook feel. It has some very interesting and rare photographs of the liner during construction to fitting out to sea trials. The pages are thicker than a regular book, but are very good quality. Please note that there seems to two covers that exist for this book. The one I have is the straight bow-on view that the bridge cannot be seen. Obviously, the cover shown on Amazon is the one that is more collectible and highly sought after, with the bow-on slightly angled revealing more of QM2's superstructure and bridge. This book will be rare in the future and a collectible for fans of ocean liner and travels.
Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend 18 Sept. 2009
By Book Diva - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book, Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend as a birthday gift for a friend who had crossed the Atlantic in her last September. He was very excited about receiving the book. He has said that he has since gotten in trouble with his wife because he has been ignoring his "honey-do list" in order to enjoy the book. He is enthralled with the visual images, and has enjoyed reading about its birth.

It is a highly recommended book.
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