Neil And Jack Frost Potter
Antiquarian, Rare & Collectable
George E. Harrap
Review by James
4.0 out of 5 stars
Deceptive but addictive
2 July 2011
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When i bought this book, i was expecting to read about the construction of the qe2 and deal specifically with the qe2 construction. This is not the case however.
Most of the first half of the book specifically deals with Cunard and their fall from glory. The deminishing trade in both cargo and passenger traffic, losses, leading to the final decisions being made on the qe2 construction and design which is written more or less in the second half of the book.
When you start to read the book, it is hard to get into but you are sucked in by chapter five. This is because of the fact specified above. You think you are reading about qe2 but you are really reading about the cunard situation.
The author also wrote about the qe1 and qm1 in seperate books and it really shows his interest in these liners as they play a pivotal part of the first half of the book.
By the end i had a much larger understanding of the cunard line, the qe2 and how the famous shipping line was brought kicking and screaming into the upbeat, modern society of the crusing 70's.
I would say a well rounded account of the cunard line and would describe more than just a background to qe2 construction,but leads to qe2 construction. I dont think the title suits the content to be honest, excellent book though.