Grand Ambition: An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It (Hardback)
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Grand Ambition: An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 28/03/2013
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Doug Von Allmen, a self-made man who grew up in a landlocked state dreaming of the ocean, was poised to build his fifth yacht, his biggest yet-a 187-foot behemoth that would cost $40 million. Lady Linda's interior walls were to be made from rare species of burl wood, her floors paved with onyx and exotic types of marble, her furniture custom-made, and her art specially commissioned.

But the economic crisis changed everything. Like many others, Von Allmen suddenly realized that he could no longer afford his lifestyle. Then it got worse: desperate to reverse his losses, he fell for an audacious Ponzi scheme. Would Von Allmen be able to finish the yacht? And if he did, would he be able to keep it?

Knecht transports readers to a world of high seas luxury and ostentation that already seems like a bygone era. Grand Ambition takes us deep inside the building process in a narrative that is ultimately focused on the individuals who piece together the yacht.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781416576006
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Illuminative and utterly engaging." * The Wall Street Journal *
"Reads like a novel of suspense and financial intrigue, proving that fact is often stranger and more unbelievable than fiction. A great read and a cautionary tale for all of us whose ambitions exceed our means." -- Nelson DeMille
"Bruce Knecht is my kind of reporter--a master storyteller with a great eye for the tales of our time. Grand Ambition is centered around the building of a huge yacht, but it is ultimately about our bipolar society--the rarefied lifestyles of the very, very rich and the day-to-day realities of blue-collar laborers who have never worked indoors or been paid more than $20 an hour." -- Tom Brokaw
"Knecht deftly tells a tale of craftsmanship and conspicuous consumption, and he challenges us to think about the boundary separating ambition and hubris, creativity and narcissism. Above all, he paints compelling portraits of the dedicated craftsmen who designed and built her." -- Steven Ujifusa * author of A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the SS U *
"If this lively book doesn't 'lift your boat,' nothing will!" -- Steve Forbes
"The pacing and the narrative hold your interest, and you find yourself engrossed." * Houston Chronicle *

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