New York, 1st.ed., 1985. (Viii) + 435 pp., 49 photo-plates. D.j., 23 x 16cm. V.G. The great French liner NORMANDIE was the largest, fastest and most advanced passenger ship of her day, but her brilliant career was tragically cut short. The author recalls, on the 50th anniversary of her launch, the story of French Line's most elegant ship. He describes her many technical features, her fast crossings of the Atlantic, the passenger lists abounding with the rich and famous, and the sumptuously decorated cabins and staterooms. NORMANDIE caught fire while at her pier in New York during World War II and turned over. Her remarkable records for westbound and eastbound passages were taken from her by the QUEEN MARY but her Cunard captain, Commodore Britten, paid tribute to his French rival in the hour of his victory. Illustrated with 49 photographs, the book contains many accounts from people who knew the French liner in her heyday. The book is scarce in the UK.