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 S.S. 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 sudden 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 S.S. United States.William Francis 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. Biographer Steven 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.
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"A lifelong love of ships fueled naval architect William Francis Gibbs's dream to build the fastest, finest, and most beautiful ocean liner ever. When it was launched in 1952, the SS UNITED STATES was hailed as a technological marvel. But Gibbs's career was marked by far more than a single ship. This thorough biography chronicles his life and accomplishments, starting with his overcoming of his father's calamitous bankruptcy. But it is this abundance of detail that detracts from one's listening pleasure. Pete Larkin does an able job as narrator, but the sometimes overly technical writing makes for some difficult listening. A quicker pace to the book would have made for a more engaging audio experience. R.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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