Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania
ISBN: 0307408868
EAN13: 9780307408860
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Pages: 430
Dimensions: 1.6" H x 9.7" L x 6.6" W
Weight: 2.15 lbs.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

On May 1, 1915, with WI entering its tenth month, 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 surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic Greyhounds--the fastest liner then in service--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.

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.

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   Another excellent history from Erik Larson
A good writer, too, he said. The story of the sinking of the Lusitania is well documented, but Larson finds new, interesting details, the pace of the book keeps the story flowing. Captain Smith's book is a good read, as is the actual log of the U. Boat captain and the secret service memos of the British government. There seems no doubt that the Lusitania was carrying ammunition, so the sinking can be justified in time of war, he said. Passenger details were well-informed, even if the exact number of seats was unclear. My only criticism of the geographic descriptions was that, both of the final miles of the Lusitan and of some of the U.S. warships Journey, sometimes it felt as if West and Eas had become muddled, especially around Ireland. Younger generations seem to have little or no knowledge of the sinking nor of the effect it had on America coming into World War I.
 
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   As usual, Truth is stranger than Fiction . . .
I recommend that anyone interested in this book read it. The Blairs' tragedy was a small footnote in history. I vaguely remember studying about it in history class, and, as I recall, thought it was the reason the U.S. finally sent troops to the war in Europe. It took until three years after the disaster for the ferry to find its owners. Passengers deserve to be written about and the true story brought to light, Mr. Abraham said. This is a true and interesting book about the history of the time, that being World War I, that I write about the political history of the era as well, he said. I highly recommend this book to readers that like to discover hidden historical facts, and to anyone who would just appreciate a sad drama that took place in real life, Raymond said. Thanks to Erik Larson's dogged research, the truth is stranger than fiction.
 
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   If you enjoy history, you'll enjoy reading this book. Detailed, but hard to put down.
The sinking of the Lusitania is an important point in history, but I've never seen a real discussion of what went on afterward. The book goes into the politics, the military efforts, the unique circumstances of the sinking, and the humans involved in this point in history. It's very easy to become emotionally attached to some of these people as they deal with their lives before and after the event. What you won't find is the conspiracy theories that often accompany a fresh look at history, Raymond said. What evidence that the British allowed a disaster to happen in order to draw America into World War II is presented in a very realistic fashion, he said. If you like history, this is a great book.
 
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   Another fine book by Erik Larson
Like his earlier books, Dead Wake deals with historical events that are worth re-telling. The story is the last crossing of the Lusitania. For various reasons, the sinking of the Lusitania has never stuck in our collective memory as has the sinking of the Titanic three years prior to this event. Many readers are likely to find themselves astonished by how little they know about a pivotal event in World War I. Like other books, Dead Wake nicely weaves the historical questions of the voyage with personal stories of various passages to keep both the history buff and casual reader interested. I've enjoyed reading it and recommend it to others.
 
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   Dead Boring
I don't like to leave negative reviews. Someone else could find this fascinating and I didn't check, but I bet there are thousands of 5 star reviews. He wove together stories of heroism, crime and myth. He said: "I don't think he did anything wrong." For me, the story was too good to keep up with the rest of the book. It dragged until we got to the point where it was just too heavy. I read the book because I wanted to take his take on theories that the ship was carrying munitions. The Harrisons say no, I believe him. If anyone could have uncovered that secret, it would have been Dr. Erik Larson, the source. I was not surprised at all by the conspiracy to move the U.S. into the war, he said. I totally believe that the British Government did that, Mrs Clinton said.
 
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   Fascinating read . . . .
Lots of interesting stuff told in a laymen's language for the most part, Morgenthau said. Loved the parts about the various passengers and the accounts of those who survived, he said. My book club read it and we had a good discussion about the decisions made by the various governments involved in the passenger ship industry during World War II. 0 1462228 My book club read it and we had a good discussion about the decisions made by the various governments involved in the passenger ship industry during World War II. Also, I did not know that Dr. Wilson was a doctor.
 
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   Not the usual Eric Larson quality
It was a lot of work, but I had to force myself to finish it. The writer of the story, Graham, recounted extensively the many over-the-top stories that were not relevant to the story. After the first description of the obstacles, I got it. Understand it was a terrific feat, but he goes on and on about it every time he jumps back to the U.S. operation, he said. If you like this type of writing, you may enjoy the book, Hollingworth said. I almost threw up, thinking about stabbing my eyes so I wouldn't have to keep going.
 
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