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.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/03/dead-wake-last-crossing-of-lusitania.html
Reviewed based on a copy received through a publishers giveaway
This book was an enthralling look at the events surround the sinking of the Lusitania. The narrative writing style made the history of it come alive. It gives a fascinating look at what life was like in a WWI submarine and provides plenty of stories about the different people on the ship, the submarine, and in the government. The end does leave the reader with plenty of questions regarding the sinking, most of which will probably never be answered. A highly engaging read. I definitely recommend this book!
Excellent: Larson does for the Lusitania and its tragic end what Walter Lord did in the 1950s for Titanic: provide detail and context. Larson has the additional advantage that, while the doom of the Titanic and its passengers was more cock-up that conspiracy, the Lusitania was almost certainly the victim of the machinations of British politicians like Winston Churchill to get the neutral and isolationist USA into World War I. If, like me, you feel that the history we were taught in school bears little resemblance to the complications and nuances of how it actually might have happened -- this is the book for you.
My one complaint (and I read this on my kindle, so this may only apply to that edition): where are the pictures? Larson's descriptions of doomed and saved passengers and crew are very vivid, but I would have liked to see for myself.
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.
I have read other books by Erik Larson and have enjoyed them very much. His historical detail and well written books really bring history to life. This is an excellent account of the sinking of the Lusitania which is hard to put down. Even though this is a horrifying story, the drama is well done. I highly recommend this book.