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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Author: Erik Larson
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, carryi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780804194617
ISBN-10: 0804194610
Publication Date: 3/10/2015
Pages: 742
Edition: Lrg
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4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 345
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Although I already knew the basics of the Lusitania's story, Larson's clear writing and dependably fresh approach ensured that I learned a good deal more, and enjoyed doing it.

The descriptions of the ship and its passengers are interesting and nicely detailed, if sometimes a bit too long and frivolous. There were only a couple of maps, adequate but not terrific, and surprisingly, only one photo, a shot of "Lucy" herself.

The real substance of the book, though, rests in the sections where Larson examines the international political situation and the often petty behind-the-scenes maneuverings that put the ship squarely in the U-boat's sights. From Wilson's selfish romantic distractions to Churchill's callous manipulations, the book provides a concise and often surprising summary of events, the hows as well as the whys, that caused the loss of so many lives. This may not be the definitive book on the Lusitania, but it's a good and engaging introduction to the essentials.
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is the history of the Lusitania brought to life from many different perspectives and at a truly human level. The details are meticulously researched, and the book successfully creates the sense of suspense present in a story well told. The book arrives in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.

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This book was a great accounting of the sinking of the Lusitania. I thought I knew the details of this incident but soon found I knew nothing about it. Filled with lots and lots of details. I never felt overwhelmed with all the information and often found myself reading very late into the night.


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