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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the…
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (2015. Auflage)

von Erik Larson (Autor)

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The #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.… (mehr)
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Titel:Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Autoren:Erik Larson (Autor)
Info:Crown (2015), Edition: 1st, 448 pages
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Tags:to-read, history, non-fiction

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What a fascinating story. The Lusitania’s sinking rivals the Titanic, as both were the largest ships in the world when they launched and reached global news. To write Dead Wake, Erik Larson gathers plenty of detail from diary journals and interviews to weave a compelling tale as he recounts the story from multiple angles. The Lusitania’s sinking is set against the backdrop of a German submarine frontal assault on vessels in the Atlantic, leaving a trail of destruction behind. Aboard the Lusitania, an unusually calm sea on a late spring day proved to be a deadly one. A torpedo cruising at 10 feet below the water left a visible white trail as it marched toward the massive ship. It wound up killing 1198 people. German U-boats were notorious killers and left no boat safe out on the open seas. Flying neutral colors mattered little to the captains who saw civilian ships like the Lusitania as prized vessels. ( )
  joshcrouse3 | Sep 17, 2021 |
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. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Fascinating book. Larson weaves an engaging tale with incredible detail. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
adult nonfiction; 1915 sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania and Wilson's eventual entering of WWI. Also german u-boats. Extensively researched and compiled, per Larson's usual high standards. I kind of wanted to see some of the photos referenced, but he did describe them fairly. I think I enjoyed "Thunderstruck" more--more suspense and a bit more exciting than watching an ocean liner traverse the Atlantic. I would not recommend this to those who prefer a plot-driven narrative, but for fans of Larson it does nicely. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
A very well composed narrative. Since this is a work of non-fiction, there are so many more names and places that come into play then when reading a work of fiction. However, at least if read over a short period of time, Larson writes in a way that it is overall easy to follow along the jumping between different locations and groups. (Often if a person had not been mentioned for some time he included some extra detail or description to help readers recall the person being talked about) He also shows the complexity of the situations - planting the Lusitania solidly within it's historical context - but does so in a way that doesn't take a high level of expertise to grasp.
Towards the end, some of the descriptions are a bit hard to read through, because he paints such a vivid scene. Yet he does it without going into great graphic detail, either. ( )
  Sara_Cat | Mar 7, 2021 |
If creating “an experience” is Larson’s primary goal, then “Dead Wake” largely succeeds. There are brisk cameos by Churchill and Woodrow Wilson, desperate flurries of wireless messages and telegrams, quick flashes to London and Berlin. These passages have a crackling, propulsive energy that most other books about the Lusitania — often written for disaster buffs or steampunk aficionados — sorely lack.
hinzugefügt von amarie | bearbeitenThe New York Times, Hampton Sides (bezahlte Seite) (Mar 5, 2015)
 

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Larson, ErikAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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The Captains are to remember that, whilst they are expected to use every diligence to secure a speedy voyage, they must run no risk which by any possibility might result in accident to their ships. They will ever bear in mind that the safety of the lives and property entrusted to their care is the ruling principle which should govern them in the navigation of their ships, and no supposed gain in expedition, or saving of time on the voyage, is to be purchased at the risk of accident.

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On the night of May 6, 1915, as his ship approached the coast of Ireland, Capt. William Thomas Turner left the bridge and made his way to the first-class lounge, where passengers were taking part in a concert and talent show, a customary feature of Cunard crossings.
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