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Transatlantic Liners [Kindle Edition]

J Layton
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Book Description

Prior to air travel there was only one way to cross the Atlantic: by ship. By the late nineteenth century, steam ships dominated the transatlantic passenger trade, growing exponentially in size as maritime technology improved and as more immigrants poured from Europe into the New World. As the liners got bigger, the scope for luxury increased, so that a substantial part of ships such as Titanic would be given over to sumptuous dining saloons, lounges, smoking rooms and even gymnasia for the most affluent passengers. Meanwhile, the bulk of passengers, the poor migrants with one-way tickets to America, were efficiently arranged in small cabins with bunks in the bows and stern of the ship. This book is an introduction to the age of the superliner, from 1900 to the modern day, exploring changes in the liner's design and role over a century that saw competition between shipping lines and between nations. The author describes the history and design of such great ships as Lusitania, Olympic, Imperator, Normandie, both queen Elizabeths, both queen Marys and, of course, the legendary Titanic. He tells the story of the heyday of the great liners before immigration to America was curtailed, the many races for the Blue Riband speed record, the experiences of rich and poor passengers, the role of the liners as troopships and hospital ships during the world wars, and the decline in the Atlantic trade after the 1960s, since when most passengers have travelled by air.

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From the Author

Most of my other maritime works are large-format volumes filled with great detail on the ships and people being considered, and because of their size they are also very expensive. While those books are of definite appeal to serious maritime enthusiasts, it became clear to me that there was a large segment of the reading public (including many of my personal acquaintances) who had only a passive interest in ships, people who needed a volume to 'whet the appetite' for more detail, and to begin their voyage of discovery without bursting the budget.

As a result, I wrote this book with the express purpose of creating an introductory volume to the greatest ocean liners of the twentieth century and beyond. It should appeal to people of all ages, particularly children who are just beginning to learn about the fascinating history of the trans-Atlantic steamships. Yet its balance of an engaging - but not too technical - text with a broad selection of photographs and illustrations should also make the book not only of interest to the young, or the maritime novice, but also to the long-time maritime enthusiast.

For those who prefer reading it in digital format, the Kindle Edition of the book is beautiful, and is well-optimized for tablet-sized screens.

About the Author

J. Kent Layton specialises in the history of passenger liners. His works include Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography and the forthcoming The Edwardian Superliners: A Trio of Trios, as well as On A Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic. He has also contributed to Titanic: The Ship Magnificent, RMS Aquitania: The Ship Beautiful, and most recently, The Olympic-Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3261 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ADFIA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Calm Sea May 8, 2012
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This is not a bad book. Its a very small volume, thin and small. The information in it is nothing new and there are few suprises here. For the newer ships there are some nice colour photos. This is a book for the beginner. A nice little book but not for the collector or anyone who has been at hobby for a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic liners review May 26, 2012
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I found out about this book from Issue 24 TRACING Family History magazine. I then went online and found it at Amazon Books at a very good price so ordered it. This book is recommended and it has lots of great photos so is another great book on ships or liners. I am pleased to add this to my collection of books on ships as it has plenty of information and is good reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice but small February 24, 2014
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when i rec'd the bk my immediate reaction was suprise & disappointment. the bk is very small. it is, however, a nice summary of ocean liner history w/ some nice illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic Liners January 25, 2013
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I have been on or seen some of the ships that the author describes.
Good basic inforamtion on what has happened to some of these great ships.
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More About the Author

J. Kent Layton (1980-) was born in the Capital District of New York State, and moved to the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York in 1990. He has been fascinated with history and the great Atlantic liners - particularly the "Titanic" and "Lusitania" - since early childhood. A born writer, he channeled his personal obsession into writing engaging and informative books on ocean liners. At first, he self-published his works, but was later signed with Amberley Books and Shire Books.

His most recent book release is "Transatlantic Liners" (Shire), a wonderful introduction into maritime history from the turn of the twentieth century through today. His forthcoming titles include "On A Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic" (co-written with Tad Fitch and Bill Wormstedt, March 2012, Amberley), and "The Edwardian Superliners: A Trio of Trios" (May 2012, Amberley). He divides his time between his writing and research and his work as a piano tuner.

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