Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania


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"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."--Provided by publisher.

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Marco C

Jun 5, 2020

Amazing Book

I highly recommend this book, Erik Larson is a great writer, brings to life the tragedy that the sinking the Lusitania was, I'm a true fanatic of any of Erik's books, I've read three of his books and I intend to read all of them!!

Robert S

Jan 4, 2016

Best of the bunch!

If you read only one book on this subject, this should be the one. Mr. Larson weaves a compelling and unique story around the events surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania from all perspectives. Well documented and crafted. Enough detail to inform, enough skillful narrative to be engrossing and hard to put down. Rewarding and a pleasure to read. A powerful chronicle not likely to be surpassed!

Worth G

Dec 23, 2015

Thorough and easy to read

Erik Larson has tried to bring in as much background information as possible, so the sinking of the Lusitania (a British ship loaded with American passengers) can be understood in context instead of being seen as an isolated, outrageous, and unprovoked act of war. For example, it had never occurred to me that the British were so good at tracking the locations of the U-boats, or that so many other ships were being sunk right around this time (including some American ships). Beyond that, the British had no strong motivation to protect American lives because they correctly foresaw that an incident like the Lusitania sinking would bring America into the war on their side.
This book is easy to read, clear, and very enjoyable.

Linda A

Sep 25, 2015

Lots of technical information, but good read

Everything you have ever wanted to know about the Lusitania-- and then some. Very well written, but slow at times because of all of the detailed information about the ship and the U-boat that sank her. Would be enthralling to a naval engineer, but foreign to the common person. Also explores the political, social and economic climate of the time to explain some of the unusual circumstances. No great suspense novel, but very interesting and informative.

Chatland W

Apr 27, 2015

Another Beauty By Erik Larson

Yet another spellbinding book by Erik Larson. His research and writing style are without parallel. A great book!

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