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A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States
 
 
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Steven Ujifusa.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781451645071
Pages/Publication Date 437/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41456
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In the 1940s and 50s, William Francis Gibbs was America's best naval architect, and his quest to build the finest, fastest, most beautiful ocean liner of his time, the United States, was a topic of national fascination. When completed in 1952, the ship was hailed as a technological masterpiece. Steven Ujifusa, who serves on the Advisory Council of the S.S. United States Conservancy, portrays Gibbs as an American original, on par with Brooklyn Bridge engineer John Roebling or Frank Lloyd Wright—a man who spent 40 years dreaming of this ship and devoted himself to making it the epitome of luxury travel during America's triumphant postwar era.

"A terrific book ... entertaining, informing and ultimately inspiring, A Man and His Ship transforms its readers into passengers traveling across an ocean and through time. A skilled verbal navigator, Steven Ujifusa has charted an efficient and yet immensely satisfying course through a sea of facts, images and stories."—David Macaulay

 
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