By Steven Ujifusa

The tale OF an excellent AMERICAN BUILDER on the top of his energy, within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties, William Francis Gibbs was once thought of America’s most sensible naval architect. His quest to construct the best, quickest, most lovely ocean liner of his time, the S.S. usa, was once an issue of nationwide fascination. while accomplished in 1952, the send used to be hailed as a technological masterpiece at a time whilst “made in America” intended the simplest.

Gibbs was once an American unique, on par with John Roebling of the Brooklyn Bridge and Frank Lloyd Wright of Fallingwater. compelled to drop out of Harvard following his family’s unexpected financial disaster, he overcame debilitating shyness and absence of formal education to turn into the visionary writer of a few of the best ships in historical past. He spent 40 years dreaming of the send that grew to become the S.S. usa. William Francis Gibbs was once pushed, relentless, and devoted to excellence.

He enjoyed his send, the assumption of it, and the belief of it, and he committed himself to creating it the epitome of luxurious shuttle throughout the effective post–World conflict II period. Biographer Steven Ujifusa brilliantly describes the way in which Gibbs labored and the way his imaginative and prescient reworked an undefined. a guy and His send is a story of ingenuity and company, a very notable trip on land and sea.

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