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Lusitania - Indeed, a ship of splendour,
This review is from: Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor (Paperback)
Having known the author for some time and of his previous works, I was delighted to hear of his latest book detailing the history of this beautiful vessel which was once the flagship of the Cunard Line at the turn of the 20th century. J.K. Layton's attention to detail not only in words but 100s of superb images, many of which are seen here for the first time is truly remarkable. Like any other 'Lusitania' book before it, we do get the insight into the tragic sinking of the liner on May 7th 1912. But the author goes one better in the form of eyewitness accounts of the sinking. But what makes this book shine from all the other books in print about the history of the R.M.S. Lusitania is the (at times) breathtaking insights into how this ship was built, from the keel upwards. The main bulk of the book concentrates on the ship itself. Deck by deck, stateroom by stateroom, with the author not leaving many stones unturned in his quest to bring this ship to the reader. The book starts from the liners conception, through her buidling, sea trials, early years at sea, right up to the time she was sunk by a German U-boat.
If there in 'one' Lusitania book you MUST have sitting on your bookshelf, then this has to be it. This book is indeed a book of splendour about the ship of splendour - R.M.S. Lusitania