Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Author Erik Larson
ISBN-10 0307408876
ISBN-13 9780307408877
Year 2016-03-22
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Broadway Books
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1 New York Times BestsellerFrom thebestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1 1915 with WWI 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 eras great transatlantic Greyhoundsthe fastest liner then in serviceand 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 Schwiegers 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 smallhubris a chance fog a closely guarded secret and moreall converged to produce one of the great disasters of history It is a story that many of us think we know but dont 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 and suspense Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow 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 whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history

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