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The Liners: A Voyage of Discovery.

Ocean Liners] McAuley, Rob.

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ISBN 10: 0760304653 / ISBN 13: 9780760304655
Published by Motorbooks Intl, Osceola, 1997
From Gregor Rare Books (Langley, WA, U.S.A.)

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A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. The author explores the history of passenger ships from the first crossing of the Atlantic by a steam-powered vessel in 1819 to the great liners of today. Richly illustrated with black & white and color plates that enhance the story. Catalog Chai. Bookseller Inventory # 21486

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Title: The Liners: A Voyage of Discovery.

Publisher: Motorbooks Intl, Osceola

Publication Date: 1997

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition

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Linked to a Channel 4 television documentary, this is an account of the ocean liner from the mid-19th century to the present. It explores the history of the world's great passenger ships, the lines that operated them, and the people they carried. The story encompasses changing technologies and economies, rivalry between nations, the rise and fall of empires both political and commercial, momentous events such as the sinking of the "Titanic", and the conversion of many liners for use as troopships during World War II, when conditions on board became so appalling that many soldiers died or mutinied. Those who populate the story include poor emigres seeking a new life, shipping magnates and heads of government pitting their ambitions against each other, and the wealthy and famous, travelling in a style very different from that of the steerage passengers. Beginning in the age when steamships revolutionized travel, the book ends with a glimpse of the technology of the 21st century when, it is predicted, there will be floating cities up to four times the size of the largest passenger liner ever built.

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