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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Queen Mary 2', 17 July 2007
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Russell Wild "russell2491" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Mary 2 - The Birth of a Legend, 28 Aug. 2008
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C. Reay (Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift, 16 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend (Hardcover)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Queen Of Our Maritime, 5 Oct. 2005
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Mr. N. F. Barnes "nigel792" (Bristol United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend (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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