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*Starred Review* Like mammals, which wrested the world from the dinosaurs, the jet plane quickly became the most popular and economical way to cross the Atlantic during the 1960s, leading to a decline in bookings on ocean liners. Into this transitional world, the French Line nevertheless launched the magnificent France in 1960; at the time, it was the longest passenger ship in the world and certainly one of the most elegant of the classic Atlantic-crossing queens. But the economic times in which the France lived took their toll on the ship�s livelihood, and a dozen years after it entered service, the great ship was withdrawn, never to grace the waves between Europe and New York again. Fortunately, it was not yet confined to the scrap heap. A few years after retirement, the France was converted into the cruise ship Norway to live a few years more, although not in the same royal state. Maxtone-Graham, an expert on passenger-ship history and author of the seminal The Only Way to Cross (1972), here documents, with considerable authority and passion, the story of the France/Norway from inception and design to eventual scrapping at an Indian port. The illustrations in this lovely oversize book are plentiful and gorgeous, all contributing to a vibrant, informative book that all ship lovers, travelers, and students of social history will greatly appreciate. --Brad Hooper

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John Maxtone-Graham (1929–2015) wrote many books on trans-Atlantic ocean travel, among them Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner, Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner, and The Only Way to Cross, which has been in print for almost forty years.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393069036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393069037
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Transatlantique on November 28, 2010
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The cover illustration alone is worth getting this book, but additionally one gets another great book on the last liner of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. This is comparably as good if not nicer than his other book, "Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner", published 3 years ago.

Each page is eloquently written in Maxtone-Graham's unique style befitting a book of this nature. The photographs are wonderful and thoughtfully placed, including many I hadn't seen before. The only other books I have on S.S. France are in French or leave something to be desired, and this book fills in where those leave off. If you are a liner buff, then this book should add nicely to your collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Henderson on February 15, 2011
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This was a long overdue book on the magnificent SS France. It has wonderful photos from construction to its conversion as a cruise liner. My only complaint was there should have been more of the story line on the SS France; NOT as the SS Norway. She was in heart and soul an elegant French ship; the Norwegian conversion took away her elegance and chic. Shame on the French Government for not rescuing the last great French ocean liner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan-Olav on February 21, 2011
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This is an extraordinary book from a well known maritime historian. This book is well rehearsed, well put together and elegantly written.

For any person even remotely interested in this pride of the Atlantic Ocean, this is THE book you will want to have in your collection.

You will never regret purchasing this book: it'll surely be a gem in your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pbug56 on February 21, 2012
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In the book the author mentions a murder mystery weekend at Mohonk Mountain Resort - one that I was lucky enough to attend. I met him then, and I may have also met him aboard Norway. I also had 2 singles cruises aboard Norway during the 1980's, and my wife and I honeymooned aboard Norway in 1992. This book has answered numerous questions for me and also brought back many good memories.

I was particularly startled to learn that the owners had planned to eventually convert the ship to diesel power, which as unhappy as that would make part of me, might have greatly extended her life as a great cruise ship. Scrapping her instead still makes no sense to me. But this book does remind me of the good things about this great ship, and for that I owe my thanks to John Maxtone-Graham. I only wish I had a way to share some of my photos and memories from the 3 cruises with him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 18, 2011
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With a massive cruise ship, the journey is the destination. "France/Norway: France's Last Liner/Norway's First Mega Cruise Ship" tells the story of this massive thousand foot long ship which gained notoriety for being nearly scrapped by France due to fuel cost concerns and adopted by a Norwegian business. Packed cover to cover with full color photos, graphs, and plenty specifications, "France/Norway" is an excellent pick for history collections with a focus on nautical vessels and the travel industry. It also makes for an excellent coffee table book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George W. Healey on January 2, 2011
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Any book by John Maxtone-Graham always gets my attention. He is a veteran of many, many liners and cruise ships. His most current book, France/Norway is terriffic. Especially noteworthy is the manner in which he writes. As you read and look at the photos you feel as if you are right there on board the France and the Norway. Having cruised on the Norway makes this all the more real. In this book John Maxtone-Graham brings the France and the Norway back to life. I thank you so very much.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mgmike on January 6, 2011
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This excellent volume follows John Maxtone-Grahams previous superb book on the France's predecessor the Normandie. The book is written in the eloquent and knowledgeable style for which he has long been known, and covers the ships history from her inception to her final days. For the France/Norway enthusiast this is simply a must - it is the definitive volume on this wonderful ship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom O'Reilly on October 27, 2011
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John Maxtone-Graham's book France/Norway tells the story of the two lives of one magnificent ship. It is a must read for any ocean liner aficionado. With stories from former crew members, passengers as well as his own recollectins the author weaves a very engrossing tale of a ship that had a soul.
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