November 25, 2004
MY BOOK REVIEW: "QE2: A MAGNIFICENT MILLENNIUM"
"QUEEN ELIZABETH 2: A MAGNIFICENT MILLENNIUM": GARY BUCHANAN
"Queen Elizabeth 2, A magnificent millennium" is part of what appears to be a series called "Ocean Liners Past and Present Collection: Ships", and has a "Cunard 1" on the top left corner. The book is written by Gary C Buchanan and was published in January 1996 by Past & Present Publishing.
It is a great book, although of course it is now dated as it covers the QE2 up to just post the 1994 refit. But what he has done (again like his "Dream Voyages") has used a mostly visual driven approach to drive the narrative, but was really works and is so interesting in this book is that in most cases he shows you what the room or area looked like in 1969 or close to it and then how it changed and was finally in 1994. This makes for a very interesting read, and also it is fascinating to see how tastes and fashion changed and how the QE2 evolved based on the changing needs of the traveller.
This was a really good "read" - as it is mostly looking and reading commentary on the pictures. Perfect for dipping in and out of. It would be really great to get a version updating it through to 2004/ 2005..