John Maxtone-Graham is a well-known cruise ship speaker. He was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey and graduated from Brown University in 1951. In 1972, he wrote his first book on ocean liners, The Only Way to Cross, to be followed by numerous other books for small publishing houses. He recently wrote France/Norway, published by W.W. Norton in 2010. His next book, Titanic Tragedy, is now available from W. W. Norton.