Grand Ambition

An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It

Grand Ambition

  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 264 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416576013 | 
  • June 2015
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Are Very Large Yachts Excessive?

Bruce Knecht, author of GRAND AMBITION, delves into the world of large yachts—from JP Morgan’s to those of present day billionaires like Paul Allen, Larry Ellison and Doug and Linda Van Allmen. Are they excessive?

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About the Author

G. Bruce Knecht
Photograph by Cary Davis

G. Bruce Knecht

G. Bruce Knecht is a former senior writer and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Author of The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race and Hooked: Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish, he has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and Conde Nast Traveler. An avid sailor, Knecht raced across the Atlantic in 2005 on the yacht that broke the 100-year-old transatlantic race record. He lives in New York City.