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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752457918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752457918
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William H. Miller is a world expert on passenger ships, with more than 70 books, including "Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters" and "Picture History of the Andrea Doria," and 1,000 related articles to his credit. He has lectured on more 50 different liners. Brian Hawley's interests lie in the engineering, technical, and financial side of steamships. He has researched ocean liners for nearly 20 years.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on 28 Dec. 2011
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I bought this book as a gift for a friend who had worked on the Caronia for many years,he was delighted with it,brought back so many memories, excellent photos very well written and factually accurate,first class book and comes highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Pierpoint on 28 Jun. 2014
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Bought this for my Dad, who worked on the Caronia in the 1950's. He found the book to be very interesting, including many if the photographs.
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Quite an interesting book but would have been improved if it had included some technical illustrations such as deck plans. Assuming it would have been possible to find them, some opinions of passengers who travelled on the ship would have brought out the human aspects more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Gray on 6 Aug. 2014
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Brought back many happy memories.
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A Look Back in Time, With Personal Stories and Photos Galore! 1 Nov. 2011
By Verlin Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Miller and Hawley have given us a long-overdue in-depth look at Cunard's first postwar liner, a ship that became known as the "millionaire's yacht" and essentially created the market for world cruises. Her story is rich in contradiction - postwar Cunard was so flush that it could pay cash for her construction, but the advent of the jet age meant the end of the ocean liner as a major form of transportation. This book is rich with personal interviews from those who sailed aboard Caronia as well as those who crewed her, plus unique insights into her post-Cunard career and salvage. The photos and captions serve to flesh out the text and a large color photo section in the book's center brings the ship to life in stunning detail. If you are interested in ocean liners even in the slightest, you will enjoy this book.
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A Grand History of a Grand Ship 11 Jun. 2011
By Angela from Chicagoland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In his review Mr. Thomas Musser has apparently become confused by the need to place all of the color illustrations in a single central location in the book, which is normal in books which do not use color illustations throughout. Instead he's confusing the color section with the chronological flow of the book. The entire book is in choronological order but the publisher puts the color section in the middle. Thus if the author wanted to use any color salvage photos he would have to have them in the center of the book. In fact the entire color section is also in chronological order itself. I'm mystified as to Mr. Musser's complaint that there is little that's original here. The book is simply filled with previously unseen illustrations, and would be a great addition to any ocean liner lover's library.
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Expertly Researched and Well Written -- The Last of the Classy Cruise Ships 27 May 2011
By James J. Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
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The two authors have written a fitting paean to the passing of an era epitomized by the elegant Caronia II. They have covered both the cruise industry angle (the economic and technical side) and the ambience and style of pre-booze-cruise ocean travel. The illustrations are well chosen and give a nice feel for life both on the sun decks and in the public rooms. I wish there had been a few deck plans or cabin plans but these are often hard to present in any but a huge format (and costly) book, so it's understandable. The various cruises (world, coronation and continent-themed) are presented in all their glory. It's hard to imagine someone with the $$ and leisure time to spend from several weeks to a few months onboard, but this was "the millionaire's yacht". But don't be put off by that as one can vicariously enjoy these fabulous cruises in the pages of this book. And some of the middle class were able to book the shorter cruises or segments of the long cruises.
Well worth the money for anyone interested in the cruise industry and the cruising lifestyle.
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An Interesting Liner 31 May 2013
By Transatlantique - Published on Amazon.com
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On first seeing a model of this ship whilst sailing on QE2, I thought what? How odd that she was painted green for most of her career. I decided to take a closer look, so I ordered this book.

Its nice that this book has two great authors contributing to the history of her, because of the many more photos (a few colour), and the impressive text. I won't go into the details, but if one is interested in the history of ocean liners, this one isn't to be missed. Like most books of this paperback size, the photos are smallish, but they are a look into what this ship was like on the interior. I had no idea she was so beautiful, and a very nice hold over from the odeon style of art deco, with a lot of veneers and metal accents.

However, the sad note is that it does show some very depressing photos of her evolution and eventual scrapping, but helps the reader to understand that ocean liners, like everything, eventually fall prey to the nature of greed, and then the greed of nature. If only they were to have been preserved. It takes massive effort to get people to save buildings on land alone (note Grand Central Station), so why not ocean liners? I would like to have toured, and sailed, every great liner gone before. But that is idealism at its most. This book will have to suffice.
Caronia review 8 July 2013
By Ronald Dominguez - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book about the Caronia very much. For as famous as the ship was in her "day" she is one ship where it has not been easy to find photos of her in any capacity. I am sure they exist but seem to be out of the ordinary places and books you sometimes see about ships from that time. There are loads of photos, books and stories about the great Cunard "Queens" (Mary and Elizabeth from the 1930's to 60's) but you never really came across much concerning the Caronia. Color photos in particular seem to be almost impossible to see. This book makes up for those gaps. There are loads of great photos of the ship under construction and in various eras of her life. Lots of color photos also. In particular, I enjoyed seeing for once what the actual color scheme was for the liner. For years, I heard about her 3 tone green paint but you never got an idea of what this was in standard black and white photos. The color photos in the book clearly show, for once, how nice and distinctive this paint looked. The book contains a wide variety of interior photos also which was nice to see.

Some other reviewer mentioned that the layout was a bit off because there are color photos of the ship being wrecked mixed in with others and this provided a bit of a choppy layout. I agree with this. The layout of the book is a bit mixed up but this does not stop you from enjoying the content of the photos just the same. It was very sad to see such a beautiful liner end up the way she did. The numerous graphic photos of her decline after Cunard and her subsequent wreck and scraping were really depressing to see.

The story line of the book is a bit weak. They don't go into a lot of technical detail about the ship and each chapter is rather short. But some story is better than none as far as I am concerned.

All things being considered the book is very interesting and I would happily buy it again knowing what I now know about it. Any body who enjoys reading about and seeing photos of some of the great post war liners will probably enjoy this book very much.
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