Camden, Maine etc., 1st.ed., 2005. X + 296 pp., 11 ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Prof. Andrew Lambert’s Review Copy with a T.L.S. from Dr. Olaf Janzen, International Journal of Maritime History, 2005, tipped in, requesting a review of this book, with Prof. Lambert’s hand-written notes. An American view of the race between Great Britain and Germany to build the largest, fastest and most magnificent ocean liners for the North Atlantic from 1889 to 1914. What began as friendly rivalry between Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and his English royal cousins, spiralled out of control as naval tensions between the two countries increased. The Kaiser was an awkward figure, uncomfortable in society, deeply unpopular with both his British and Russian kin (especially the future King Edward VII and the Czar – and their Danish wives who hated the Prussians for invading Denmark). The Kaiser had a love-hate relationship with Britain in particular. On the one hand he adored Queen Victoria ; on the other he was jealous of Britain’s Empire and its naval and maritime supremacy. However, even the Kaiser did not want matters to go so far as they did in 1914. The author describes the great liners that the race produced : OLYMPIC, TITANIC, MAURETANIA, LUSITANIA, DEUTSCHLAND, KAISER WILHELM II, IMPERATOR, etc. Includes key players for these ships : J. P. Morgan, Charles Parsons, J. Bruce Ismay, Albert Ballin, etc,.