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This is an auction for A MAN AND HIS SHIP by Steve Ujifusa.

"Ujifusa harks back to a time when transatlantic ships were serious business... Written with passion and thoroughness, this is a love letter to a bygone time and the ships that once ruled the seas."
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"A MAN AND HIS SHIP is the story of a great American builder at the peak of his power, in the 1940s and 1950s, William Francis Gibbs was considered America’s best naval architect. His quest to build the finest, fastest, most beautiful ocean liner of his time, the SS United States, was a topic of national fascination. When completed in 1952, the ship was hailed as a technological masterpiece at a time when “made in America” meant the best. Gibbs was an American original, on par with John Roebling of the Brooklyn Bridge and Frank Lloyd Wright of Fallingwater. Forced to drop out of Harvard following his family’s financial ruin, he overcame debilitating shyness and lack of formal training to become the visionary creator of some of the finest ships in history. He spent forty years dreaming of the ship that became the SS United States. Gibbs was driven, relentless, and committed to excellence. He loved his ship, the idea of it, and the realization of it, and he devoted himself to making it the epitome of luxury travel during the triumphant post–World War II era. Ujifusa brilliantly describes the way Gibbs worked and how his vision transformed an industry. A MAN AND HIS SHIP is a tale of ingenuity and enterprise, a truly remarkable journey on land and sea."

Large format (trade) paperback 2012.

437 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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