- Taschenbuch: 96 Seiten
- Verlag: The History Press Ltd (2. September 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0752488082
- ISBN-13: 978-0752488080
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,6 x 1 x 22,1 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 224.626 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Classic Liners (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. September 2013
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"excellently captures the history and glamour of this great French Line ship." --Maritime Matters
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
William H. Miller is the author of "The Great Liners Story," "The QE2," and" SS France/Norway." He lives in New Jersey.
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My primary problem with this book is that the ship itself is poorly described. A coherent presentation of her principal characteristics cannot be found nor can much information regarding her design and systems. There is no inboard profile showing the general internal arrangements beyond an almost illegible page from a brochure. An argument could be made that much of this can be found in other books; however, this is also true of the basic content of this book. A significant portion of the book (13 out of 95 pages) is devoted to the aforementioned travel posters, which while visually interesting, tell little about the ship.
It appears as if the book was assembled from the author's large collection of passenger liner photographs and memorabilia. It conveys the impression of an assemblage of odds and ends for the sole purpose of pulling together yet another book on passenger liners. The contents are poorly integrated and do not really add anything to the body of knowledge associated with the SS NORMANDIE. It is too superficial for the knowledgeable enthusiast and is not sufficiently complete or well organized for a neophyte wanting to learn about the ship.
For liner enthusiasts it's a bit more of the same. A4 Paperback at 95 pages limits the author to relating the story familiar to many enthusiast but a good read to the novice or Art Deco fan.
Lots of photos that puts 'Normandie" into perspective with her contemporaries. Especially when lined up along side her rival, 'Queen Mary'. The Normandie was design streets ahead of the old dowager! Sadly, 'Normandie's' career was short lived, burnt out at her New York Pier in 1942. A part of her history that may have been expanded on.
Good coverage of the 'French Line' history but more interesting is Miller's volume on the 'Ile de France' and Liberte' in the same series. That book covers the histories of two ships normally out of the limelight and is something refreshing to the usual.