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Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania From the New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as a

  • Title: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • Author: Erik Larson
  • ISBN: 9780307408860
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania By Erik Larson, From the 1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1, 1915, 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 anxious Germany had declared the sFrom the 1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1, 1915, 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 anxious Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic But the Lusitania was one of the era s great transatlantic Greyhounds and 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 He knew, over, that his ship the fastest then in service could outrun any threat 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 Schwieger s 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 small hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history It is a story that many of us think we know but don t, 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, mystery, and real life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President 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 that helped place America on the road to war.

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    1. When a new Erik Larson arrives, I drop everything and read it In my book, he s one of the few authors who can make history positively come alive And his opening note held forth a big promise I give you now the saga of the Lusitania and the myriad forces, large and achingly small, that converged one lovely day in May 1915 to produce a tragedy of monumental scale, whose true character and import have long been obscured in the mists of history My first thought was WHAT true character and import Eve [...]

    2. He saw the body of the torpedo moving well ahead of the wake, through water he described as being a beautiful green The torpedo was covered with a silvery phosphorescence, you might term it, which was caused by the air escaping from the motors He said, It was a beautiful sight The last known photo of the Lusitania.The term unsinkable had been obliterated from references regarding great ocean liners after the Titanic sunk in 1912 The impossible had already happened In 1915 the Lusitania had made [...]

    3. Dead Wake is named a 2015 notable non fiction book by the Washington PostThe track lingered on the surface like a long pale scar In maritime vernacular, the trail of fading disturbance, whether from ship or torpedo, was called a dead wake On May 7, 1914, only a few years after that most famous of ocean liners had had an unfortunate encounter with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, RMS Lusitania, popularly referred to as Lucy, having already crossed the Atlantic dozens of times, this time carrying [...]

    4. Larson writes wonderful narrative non fiction, and in this book he has surpassed his own self The amount of research that went into this book is staggering It doesn t just cover the bombing of the Lusitania, it covers everything going once at the time and .What it is like inside a submarine, the roles of the crew members, how it feels and even how it smells president Wilson s grief at the death of his wife and his courting of his second wife The career of the Captain of the Lusitania and the qui [...]

    5. This reminded me a lot of the movie Titantic not just because it s about a disaster at sea, but also it would have been a lot shorter and better without the romantic subplot Only in this case it was U.S President Woodrow Wilson and Edith Bolling Galt instead of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Although I gotta admit that the scene when ole Woody sketched Edith in the nude was pretty hot Wait I might have mixed something up there.This is part of the continuing trend of Erik Larson s books for m [...]

    6. When I came across a radio interview with Erik Larson, talking about his new Lusitania book, Dead Wake, I knew I had to have it I was excited Like, I m going to buy this on my phone as soon as I park my car excited As many of you know, I m deep into a World War I reading project I ve collected so many new titles that my kids are never going to college The Lusitania sinking was a moral turning point in the war It turned American opinion inexorably against Germany It also sowed no small amount of [...]

    7. The Devil is in the detail and Erik Larson s Dead wake The last crossing of the Lusitania is certainly packed full of detail but details that for me made this book such a worthwhile read Living in Ireland I thought I was informed through history classes in school of the events surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania off the cost of Kinsale Head in Co Cork however I was surprised by the information I gained by reading Dead Wake Published to coincide with the 100th Anniversary in May of this grea [...]

    8. Excellent Retelling of the Sinking of the LusitaniaI don t read a lot of nonfiction.But Erik Larson s books read like novels.He s an excellent writer He choses historical events that contain a compelling story He fills the books with details that bring the time, place, and people to life He does an enormous amount of research.I loved Larson s The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, a story about the Chicago world s fair and the convergence of two [...]

    9. Wow.This is an all embracing historical heartbreak story.a tragedy that could have been avoided The seas were a war zone Right from the start, we learn that their were delays leaving New York America was not yet at war yet in May, 1915, against Germany Red flag warnings were everywhere They were suppose to run the ship on 4 engines, but got by with 3 The German government warned Americans that traveling on trans Atlantic wasn t safe Other safety conditions like respect for fog were ignored Nobod [...]

    10. Stuffed with details Are there too many I continue I feel guilty giving this book only three stars, but that reflects my honest reaction It is interesting It is accurate It is extensively researched It is about an event, the torpedo sinking of the British steamship passenger liner, the Lusitania, in 1915 by a German submarine The death toll came to 1,198 persons, including passengers, crew and 3 German stowaways There were 1,962 on board Only 764 survived It is less about the people involved in [...]

    11. Onvan Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Nevisande Erik Larson ISBN 307408868 ISBN13 9780307408860 Dar 430 Safhe Saal e Chap 2015

    12. This is a fascinating book about the sinking of the Lusitania, the British ocean liner that was torpedoed by a German submarine in May 1915 Nearly 1,200 people died, including 128 Americans I didn t know much about the Lusitania before I read this book, but I should have because it was one of the critical events that pushed America to enter World War I.What Erik Larson does well is to put the Lusitania event in the context of history the reader gets a good sense of what was happening in the war, [...]

    13. Book 1 for 2016.Erik Larson strikes again only this time with the speed and grace of a scythe Tackling a not that well known maritime incident, he takes us right into the cauldron of this major event of both United States and World History albeit looking at it from a myriad of different viewpoints in a sort of Rashomon type retelling of the sinking of the Lusitania, the impetus for America s belated entry into the Great War.Taking place just three years after that other night to remember when ye [...]

    14. The Hook Many years ago I read A Night to Remember by Walter Lord about the tragic sinking of the unsinkable Titanic After this I m certain I read a book about the Lusitania though for the life of me I can t remember if it was fiction or not When I heard that one of my favorite authors, Eric Larson was going to cover this subject in Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania I was in My sincere thanks to the publisher, Crown, for trusting me with an e galley of the pre published work The Line [...]

    15. Informative My first Erik Larson novel turned out to be quite the educational experience beginning with the significance of the title DEAD WAKE.e disturbance or track a torpedo leaves behind on the water in route to its destinationd, I also now know that of the Lusitania s 1,959 passengers and crew on board May 7, 1915, nearly 100 years ago only 764 survived600 were never found and 123 American s were among the dead three German stowaways also perished Interesting Larson s work of non fiction ca [...]

    16. Everybody loved this but me I m flashing back to The Martian I found this extremely boring and painful A tragic story and very well researched, but this one did what no other book before it has done actually put me to sleep I fell asleep while reading Enough said Zzzzzz 2 stars.

    17. As I began reading into the subject, and digging into archives in America and Britain, I found myself intrigued In short, I was hooked Most everything I knew about the Lusitania WWI gleaned from public school and collegian textbooks has turned out to be watered down half truths, at best After reading Dead Wake I could almost hear Paul Harvey saying, with a nod of approval Now you know the rest of the story Dead Wake, is phenomenally superb It s captivating, insightful, atmospheric riveting, obj [...]

    18. Wrenching and riveting I m a big fan of Erik Larson, and he is seriously on top of his game with Dead Wake His analysis of all the elements that had to conspire for the ship to sink is at once poignant and smart.

    19. Driving back from a vacation to Tampa Bay followed by having to mow my lawn after 10 days away allowed me to finish this 13 hour audiobook in about 24 hours.Also, it is a Scott Brick audio which is a huge bonus Larson does it again with an intriguing look into a major event in history It is well researched and he does a great job integrating other anecdotes of the time to create a picture of America before they joined WWI and the antagonism between England and Germany early on during the war Whi [...]

    20. From looking around at the ratings on , I d gotten the impression that Erik Larson s histories are excellent and read like novels So I was bit disappointed at just how average and tedious I found a lot of his narrative about the final voyage of the Lusitania As with James Cameron s Titanic, it didn t really get interesting until the boat started to sink.I guess there s a fine line between context and filler, and Larson tended to err on the latter All in the interest of setting the scene, of cour [...]

    21. I couldn t put down Dead Wake, Larson s gripping narrative of the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania The story shifts from aboard the great ship to the U boat that would destroy it, to London s admiralty offices and Wilson s White House providing details political and personal while the tension builds It s a fascinating account of this tragic event I read an advance copy pub date is in March 2015.

    22. The spoilers below really are spoilers, so don t read them if you haven t read the book but think that you might someday read it and you dislike spoilers I was interested in the topic for decades I ve been interested in the Titanic and knew I d previously enjoyed books by this author so I was excited to read the book as an informal buddy read in my favorite group I wasn t disappointed I could have assigned this book 5 stars, or maybe even 3, so I went with 4 stars I love this author s writing st [...]

    23. 2.0 STARSThis book is a dry history lesson BORING I trusted but did not verify the extraordinarily high GR ratings for this book, assuming such high ratings were indicative of a captivating, perhaps historically fictional look at this tragic oceanic event Nope straight history Why such high ratings What am I missing I must be on a different wavelength a different planet perhaps folks rave about The Martian by Andy Weir and I thought it was a snooze fest Readers pile the praise on Dead Wake but I [...]

    24. I ve kind of missed the boat so far har harrrr, oh come on, I couldn t resist but this is the first book I ve read by Erik Larson And I only ended up reading it because it is the final pick of the season for my in person book club I put it off for a while but ended up breezing through, using the approach I take with most histories read the bits carefully that I m interested in and skim those I am not Those I am not transcripts of military commands Woodrow Wilson s depression and dating life if t [...]

    25. I have sometimes found reading non fiction to be a chore, even when I m very interested in the subject Reading Erik Larson is a pleasure He has the ability to tell his story in a very smooth style almost fiction like and he gave me a good understanding of the time period There is plenty of detail, but I never felt it was in the least tedious.First we see the passengers preparing to board Lusitania in New York, where the departure was an event for both passengers and shore bound even those on sho [...]

    26. Once in a while I hear from readers who claim they do not like to read nonfiction Often they claim that it is boring to read a story when you already know what will happen Where is the suspense With his latest work, Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson has proven that he is one of those few talented authors who can tell such a story, a story of tragedy and loss, and do it in such a way that for a few seconds the reader almost believes that it might end differently His narrat [...]

    27. Erik Larson makes history come alive once again I d known nothing about this subject, except having the misconception that the sinking of the Lusitania had immediately forced the US into WWI.One would think that when reviewing a history book, there would be no risk of spoilers, and yet there are some surprising and shocking facts here that I will not give away Larson s research is intense and encompassing, and he packages and delivers this fascinating account in a very readable form.Larson breat [...]

    28. The RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U boat on May 7, 1915 just off the coast of Ireland The ship sank in less than 20 minutes, killing nearly 1,200 people Many decried the attack on a passenger ship But German military leaders said the attack was justified because the ship was carrying munitions for use by the British military It would be decades before it was proven that Germany was correcte passenger ship was indeed carrying munitions for use in World War I Dead Wake not only tells the [...]

    29. I loved this book, so historically significant, so well narrated and very well edited The sinking of the Lusitania was a pivotal moment in the USA decision to enter the war , while it didn t happen immediately the accident was a moment that clearly predisposed a lot of Americans against Germany While the author does a good job chronicling the moments leading out to the sinking of the ship, he leaves room for us to wonder what really happened Why didn t England sent destroyers to escort the Lusit [...]

    30. I had begun to feel that I was one of rare people who hadn t read this tale of the sinking of Lusitania I am glad to rectify that I found it very engaging and competent in spinning out the background of the captain s story, that of the commander of the German submarine responsible for the sinking, and a sampling of lives which were ended by this tragedy Such great pacing and careful insertion of the many mysteries that linger to this day I wasn t aware that the ship carried significant munitions [...]

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