The Only Way to Cross

By John Maxtone-Graham,

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Book description

Sketches the history of transatlantic liners since the turn of the century, examining their design and innovations as well as their memorable passengers

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1 author picked The Only Way to Cross as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book focuses on the golden era of Transatlantic travel in the Twentieth Century when engines made sail no longer a variable. Ships were larger and accommodation more spacious and opulent. The author is particularly good at describing the details of little-appreciated shipboard life such as gambling and the professional gamblers who fleeced wealthy participants.

A confession—this book was the cornerstone in my appreciation of the history of Transatlantic passenger shipping. First published in 1972, it has been reprinted in both hardcover and softcover many times since. My hardcover edition has a good section of relevant pictures with captions to…

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