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on 15 May 2016
The title is very misleading; it should be called, "Mostly Seen Olympic". When the reader opens the book, they will be greeted with many known postcards and photos of the Olympic. Page after page, it seems like the most common postcards and photos were chosen by the author. The next disappointment is that 30% of the book is filled with photos of ships that are not Olympic. Leviathan, Mauretania, Lusitania, Berengaria, Berlin, New York, Bremen, etc... To be blunt, that is filler. That alone reflects badly on the publisher for allowing such a thing. There is nothing extraordinary about the text as it is the most basic information about the ship. Over the years there have been several books and articles about the Olympic. Authors such as Brian Hawley, Mark Chirnside, Wade Sisson, Charles Haas, and Jack Eaton among others have all written about the Olympic extensively and given readers new images and views of the "Ship Magnificent". Other than a few new photos, this book is a complete disappointment. I would recommend that maritime enthusiasts check out the other options on Olympic.
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on 3 July 2013
It is good to see R.M.S. Olympic, the much lesser-known sistership to the infamous Titanic, receiving much more attention the last few years. Unlike her sisters Titanic & Britannic, Olympic had a long & successful career. She was the first liner to be over 800 feet long and to break the 40,000 ton mark. She was also one of the best looking liners of her era.

Overall, "The Unseen Olympic" is a well done book with lots of photos and a moderate amount of text. The author avoids many of the typical errors that often creep into books about Olympic.

My only minor gripe is that many of the images in the book I have seen before. For a book titled "Unseen", there was a lot I had seen. But there were photos new to me and that is always welcome.

I recommend this book on Olympic to anyone who has an interest in "Old Reliable".
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on 1 September 2015
A superbly illustrated book and an interesting read. The book cover photo in particular gives an impression of her awesome size. The sister ship of Titanic had an illustrious career as troop ship and luxurious passenger liner. Scrapped in 1935, a great pity. This book is a good companion to Unseen Lusitania.
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on 13 January 2017
It's a great shame J. Kent Layton was not given the task of writing the Unseen Olympic. If he had been, we would have gotten a much better book. That said, this is nice enough and any new book on the Olympic is always welcome.
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on 11 September 2013
This book is fine - but as far as "rare" I'm not so certain - but then again I've been studying the "Olympic-class" steamers for many years, you have to get up pretty early in the morning to show me something I haven't seen before - jaded!!!! But as a reference book to have all the photos in one place - it's great.
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on 15 September 2014
Interesting book to compare the Titanic with.
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on 4 November 2015
super.
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on 24 March 2014
Bought this for my father in law and he says that it is a really good book with plenty of details.
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