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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (Prebound)

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Do I really need to tell you that Erik Larson's new book is excellent? No. But I'm going to anyway, because it is just that good. You might think that you know the story of the Lusitania, but Larson has woven together all the stray threads of history to create a complex, complete picture of the event that eventually forced the US into WWI. Following not only the voyage of the Lusitania, but that of the U-Boat who would sink her, as well as President Wilson and other, Dead Wake is an utterly fascinating glimpse into history. Larson continues to be one of the best non-fiction authors writing today, and I absolutely loved this book

— Flannery

When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. Dead Wake is masterfully crafted. Erik Larson’s pace and tone are akin to reading fiction. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder in Britain's secret intelligence building. He paints rich characters and, even knowing the outcome, keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.

— Ivy

On an uncommonly clear and balmy day in early May of 1915, the Lusitania­­ was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Ireland. 1,265 civilians were on board. Starting from the ship’s conception and charting the course to its demise, Larson provides details about many of the ship’s passengers, crew, and others with connections to it.

— Jade

  • Riveting narrative nonfiction
  • Fascinating cast of historical figures
  • WWI glamour, disaster, and suspense
  • Hunter and Hunted, and those kept in the dark
  • The true details and meaning of a disaster you think you know
— Blind Date with a Book

March '15 Indie Next List

“With the taut storytelling form that is Larson's trademark, Dead Wake recounts the tragedy of the sinking of the passenger ocean liner Lusitania. The torpedoing of a passenger liner by a German submarine shocked and horrified the world and served to mobilize American popular opinion in favor of entering World War I. Larson carefully sets the stage for the tragedy, and with dramatic effect recreates the tension of the chase, the horror of the attack, and the tragic aftermath. Dead Wake pulls the reader in and evokes a visceral response of outrage and sadness -- the same response most Americans had upon first hearing the news in 1915.”
— Jon Grand, The Book Stall At Chestnut, Winnetka, IL

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606389822
ISBN-10: 0606389822
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 480
Language: English
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