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Author Name:    ARDMAN, Harvey

Title:   Normandie : Her Life and Times. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Franklin Watts, New York, 1985, ISBN:0531097846 

Seller ID:   19340

ARDMAN, Harvey. Normandie : Her Life and Times. New York : Franklin Watts, 1985. First Printing. Pp (12),[1]-435,(1) + 24 pages of b&w photos. 8vo, blue paper-covered boards, copper and metallic blue lettering to spine. "Normandie ! Never has a ship so beautiful ssailed the seas. Not only was she the largest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced ocean liner of her time, she was the last word in elegance - a "floating palace" the "queen" of the thirties. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her launch, Harvey Ardman has told the many stones of Normandie : the determination that brought her to life from the aeptns of the Depression; the scientific breakthroughs that made possible her size and speed; her bold and imaginative designers; the remarkable artistic achievement that made her the last great expression of Art Deco and the most sumptuously decorated vessel ot her time;her rivalry with the Queen Mary and the super sporting events from which s he emerged the winner of The Blue Ribbon of the Atlantic three times; the men and women the rich, the beautiful, and the famous who traveled aboard her when ships were the only way to cross; the role she played in the events of her time and the events themselves; and her much lamented, tragic end on American shores where she may have been a foreigner but one greatly loved and admired. Not only does Ardman alter and add to what is generally known about Normandie, he corrects the errors perpetuated over the decades and provides surprises for ship buffs and general readers alike. A long overduetribute complete with black and white photographs and eye-witness accounts , here is lively social history married with verve and scholarship to the biography of a great lady, Normandie ! " - from the jacket. Preface; Chapters : 1. October 29, 1932; 2. Setting the Stage; 3. The Unlikely Partnership;4. A Superliner Comes to Life; 5. Fitting Out; 6. The Art Deco Ship; 7. In auguration of a Queen; 8. Run for the Ribbon; 9. An American Welcome; 10. The Perfect Ship; 11. Challenge from a Queen; 12. Life on the Atlantic; 13. Our Last Year of "Peace"; 14. The End of Optimism; 15. At the Mercy of Strangers; 16. Getting Ready for War; 17. Fate Decides; 18. Her Future in Doubt; 19. Gullivar vs. the Lilliputians; 20. Destination Unknown; 21. The Normandie Legend. With index. Small stain to front board, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 35.00

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