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Bright memories of an American classic

The SS United States, by William H Miller

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Brimming with nostalgia, this telling of the story of the SS United States highlights just how brightly the ship’s flame burned for its short 17-year career as an ocean liner.

This book is packed with images of the glitz and glamour of the 1950s, bringing to life an era in which the spirit of a nation was captured within a ship.

It also catalogues the sudden and unfortunate demise of the once-proud vessel, including plans to transform it into a hospital, bars, hotels and a plethora of other elaborate schemes, ending up at its current place of residence in Philadelphia.

The SS United States: ship of power, might and indecision
William H Miller
Fonthill Media, £24
ISBN: 978 16254 51156

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