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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

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A fantastic book written in an engaging, absorbing, and fast-paced narrative. ( )
  James.Appleby | Apr 24, 2019 |
I learned a lot about the Lusitania from this book. I thought USA got into WW1 immediately after 123 Americans died after being sunk by a German sub. Over 1000 people died off the coast of Ireland, just a day before reaching their destination. However, we didn't enter the war for another 2 years when Germany invited Mexico to jump into the war and get their territory (Texas, etc) back. Occasionally Larson goes into to much detail for my taste. I've noticed that into other books by him that I have read, but worth the read. Larson talks about the theory that the British (Churchill was in charge of the British Admiralty) deliberately didn't provide protection for the ship thinking that if it was attacked, the Americans would be forced into the war. The Brits and Churchill then tried to blame the captain of the ship.
  taurus27 | Apr 2, 2019 |
Riveting account of the Lusitania's last voyage- and the voyage of the German submarine that sunk her. Through the skill of the author I felt like I got to know several of the passengers and crew on both vessels. People like the women who had to choose whether to do down the stairs to save one child or up to the deck to save another. Even the submarine commander became a human figure. That was what I enjoyed the most about this book - and also that I learned several new things about the Lusitania disaster, Woodrow Wilson,, and WWI that I didn't know before.
Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys history. ( )
  debs4jc | Mar 4, 2019 |
Erik Larson is a master of non-fiction.

In his telling of the sinking of the Lusitania, Larson tells the tale of a dozen people involved in the tragedy - the captains, the passengers, even the folks off the ship. It's a horrifying story of miscommunication, panic, and death. If you're familiar with the story of the Lusitania at all, then you know that the ship was primarily a passenger vessel. Merchant vessels like this were warned about sailing through war zones, and by all rights, it really should not have been torpedoed. But I'm not here to tell you the history of the Lusitania, nor assert my opinions regarding war tactics.

Larson tells this as a story, carefully balancing different perspectives to offer a full, impartial story. No matter what way you spin it, the Lusitania is a deep, troubling tragedy. Through Larson's expert storytelling, you become attached to the passengers as characters in the tale. If you're even vaguely interested in the Lusitania, WWI, maritime history or history in general, I can't recommend this enough. It's beautifully told and filled with careful research. I enjoyed it as much as one can enjoy such a history. ( )
  Morteana | Feb 22, 2019 |
Excellent account of the sinking of the Lusitania inWW1. ( )
  addunn3 | Jan 14, 2019 |
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If creating “an experience” is Larson’s primary goal, then “Dead Wake” largely succeeds. There are brisk cameos by Churchill and Woodrow Wilson, desperate flurries of wireless messages and telegrams, quick flashes to London and Berlin. These passages have a crackling, propulsive energy that most other books about the Lusitania — often written for disaster buffs or steampunk aficionados — sorely lack.
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The Captains are to remember that, whilst they are expected to use every diligence to secure a speedy voyage, they must run no risk which by any possibility might result in accident to their ships. They will ever bear in mind that the safety of the lives and property entrusted to their care is the ruling principle which should govern them in the navigation of their ships, and no supposed gain in expedition, or saving of time on the voyage, is to be purchased at the risk of accident. -"Rules to Be Observed in the Company's Service," The Cunard Steam-Ship Company Limited, March 1913
The first consideration is the safety of the U-boat. -Adm. Reinhard Scheer, Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War, 1919
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For Chris, Kristen, Lauren, and Erin
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On the night of May 6, 1915, as his ship approached the coast of Ireland, Capt. William Thomas Turner left the bridge and made his way to the first-class lounge, where passengers were taking part in a concert and talent show, a customary feature of Cunard crossings.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307408868, Hardcover)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster
 
On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship--the fastest then in service--could outrun any threat.

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war.

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The #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.… (more)

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