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Transatlantic Liners [Kindle Edition]

J. Kent Layton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Since the end of the nineteenth century there has been a stunning succession of transatlantic liners, from the White Star Line’s Oceanic of 1899 to the Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 of 2004. These floating palaces often contained luxurious staterooms, ballrooms and lounges for the rich, and noticeably more modest and basic accommodation for poorer travellers. Their designs and powerplants were often cutting-edge as each competed to be the largest, most luxurious and fastest ship on the Atlantic. As the tides of passenger demand rose and fell through the years and the world plunged twice into global conflict, these ships had to adapt to survive. Many of these vessels – including Mauretania, Olympic, the first Queen Mary and France – had long and glorious careers; others – Titanic, Lusitania and Normandie among them – suffered tragic endings. J. Kent Layton describes the heyday of the superliners and explains what life was like for passengers, both rich and poor.

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'A fantastic little book, well-illustrated and beautifully written ... stunning.' --Books Monthly

About the Author

J. Kent Layton is a maritime historian, specialising in the history of the great superliners, and has published Atlantic Liners: A Trio of Trios, and Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor. He also writes articles and has contributed to Titanic: The Ship Magnificent and RMS Aquitania: The Ship Beautiful.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10727 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (23 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DUY8DE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J. Kent Layton (1980-) was born in the Capital District of New York State, and moved to the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York in 1990. He has been fascinated with history and the great Atlantic liners - particularly the "Titanic" and "Lusitania" - since early childhood. A born writer, he channeled his personal obsession into writing engaging and informative books on ocean liners. At first, he self-published his works, but was later signed with Amberley Books and Shire Books.

His most recent volumes are "Transatlantic Liners" (Shire), a concise history of maritime progress during the 20th century; "On A Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic" (Amberley, co-written with Tad Fitch and Bill Wormstedt); and "The Edwardian Superliners: A Trio of Trios" (Amberley).

His next volume is "The Unseen Mauretania (1907): The Ship In Rare Illustrations", and will be published in the spring of 2015 by The History Press. He divides his time between his writing and research and his work as a piano tuner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 May 2014
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I love the history of Ocean liners at their peak. I found the book very interesting on the whole; some minor paragraphs I did skip.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bit thin for the last years 22 Feb. 2014
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I generally enjoyed this, the early years covered 1900-1939 were great but seemed a bit ragged for the after war period. There was a golden period post war until the early 60,s but this doesn't really get the coverage it deserves
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic Liners (Shire Library) 30 July 2014
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Excellent book by an author who knows his subject and keeps the history of the great ocean liners to the fore. Superb images.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 12 Jan. 2015
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A good "introductory" book to ocean liners, but a bit abbreviated in content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Feb. 2015
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Great book
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