The tale of a lovely Lady
G. Bruce Knecht’s “Grand Ambition” (2013, Simon & Schuster, $26.99 hardcover, $14.99 e-book) tells the story of the $40 million 187-foot megayacht Lady Linda, whose construction began on the eve of the 2008 financial collapse.
What was conceived as the ultimate statement of success by Doug Von Allmen devolves into an albatross that the multimillionaire struggles to complete as his finances spiral downward.
Far beyond a simple story about life in the rarefied air of mega-wealth, Knecht’s tale also focuses on the workers at Trinity Yachts in Gulfport, Miss. — the pipefitters, welders, painters, woodworkers, artisans and craftsmen behind the creation of the opulent yacht.
Knecht, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of “Proving Ground,” the story of the deadly 1998 Sydney-Hobart race, deftly escorts readers behind the scenes of megayacht building and the lives each project affects during a critical time in U.S. history.
June 2013 issue