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A very detailed story of not just the ship and it's designer but a historical view on the challenges of ship building and operation in the United States, England, Germany and later Italy and others. The time frame spans from the early 1900s all the way through present date. As with all books read by Pete Larkin the presentation is excellent.
I love nonfiction and am keen on grand project books, such as the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and digging of the Panama Canal, so I expected to like this, especially considering its high ratings. But it was a big disappointment. There was little detail about the engineering problems they overcame, and few anecdotes that would help you understand the character of the protagonists. Instead, you get a numbingly long description of Gibbs' education followed by the back-and-forth efforts of financing a big ship that is expected to lose money. Ultimately, the government subsidized the ship's construction and for a time it is the fastest of its kind.