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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

av Erik Larson

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On 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, moreover, 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 more -- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.… (mer)
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World War 1
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
I loved this book! I've read all but one book by Mr. Larson and I love his works. The end did leave me yearning for more. ( )
  brozic | Jan 27, 2024 |
KIRKUS REVIEWLarson (In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, 2011, etc.) once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915.?Lucy,? as she was fondly known, was one of the ?greyhounds,? ships that vied for the Blue Riband award for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. A gem of the Cunard fleet, she drew the cream of society, and life aboard was the epitome of Edwardian luxury. The author works with a broad scope, examining the shipping business, wartime policies, the government leaders and even U-boat construction. More fascinating is his explanation of the intricacy of sailing, submerging and maneuvering a U-boat. Gaining position to fire a torpedo that has only a 60 percent chance of exploding belies the number of ships sunk. Throughout the voyage, many omens predicted disaster, especially the publication of a German warning the morning of sailing. The British Admiralty had broken the German codes and could track the whereabouts of submarines, particularly the deadly U-20. They knew that six U-boats left base during the last week of April, and three ships sank in the same channel the week before the Lusitania. The admiralty had decided to open a safer northern channel to merchant shipping but hadn?t directed the Lusitania to use it. Larson explores curiosities and a long list of what ifs: If the Lusitania had not been late in sailing, if the fog had persisted longer, if the captain hadn?t turned to starboard into the sub?s path and if that one torpedo hadn?t hit just in the right spot, the Lusitania might have arrived safely.An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster. Compared to Greg King and Penny Wilson?s Lusitania (2014), also publishing to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, Larson?s is the superior account.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
(2015) 4th book I have read of this author and thoroughly enjoyed. Takes us through the last days of the Lusitania as it sails from New York to Ireland. Also follows the the German U-Boat U20 and its captain as it puts itself into position to be at the right place at the right time to bring down the huge liner with one shot. Never knew much about the Lucy until this book put it all into perspective. Excellent book.KIRKUS REVIEWLarson (In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, 2011, etc.) once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915.?Lucy,? as she was fondly known, was one of the ?greyhounds,? ships that vied for the Blue Riband award for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. A gem of the Cunard fleet, she drew the cream of society, and life aboard was the epitome of Edwardian luxury. The author works with a broad scope, examining the shipping business, wartime policies, the government leaders and even U-boat construction. More fascinating is his explanation of the intricacy of sailing, submerging and maneuvering a U-boat. Gaining position to fire a torpedo that has only a 60 percent chance of exploding belies the number of ships sunk. Throughout the voyage, many omens predicted disaster, especially the publication of a German warning the morning of sailing. The British Admiralty had broken the German codes and could track the whereabouts of submarines, particularly the deadly U-20. They knew that six U-boats left base during the last week of April, and three ships sank in the same channel the week before the Lusitania. The admiralty had decided to open a safer northern channel to merchant shipping but hadn't directed the Lusitania to use it. Larson explores curiosities and a long list of what ifs: If the Lusitania had not been late in sailing, if the fog had persisted longer, if the captain hadn't turned to starboard into the sub's path and if that one torpedo hadn't hit just in the right spot, the Lusitania might have arrived safely.An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster. Compared to Greg King and Penny Wilson's Lusitania (2014), also publishing to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, Larson's is the superior account.Pub Date: March 10th, 2015ISBN: 978-0-307-40886-0Page count: 464ppPublisher: CrownReview Posted Online: Nov. 20th, 2014Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2014
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
This is the 2nd Larson book I've read (first: Isaac's Storm) and I have the same observations.

1) Book didn't need to be so long. I don't mind long books but so many of the details were irrelevant. Color of curtains in a room? Really? Even worse, the profusion of all the people make it impossible to know who you really need to remember for recall when they are mentioned later in the book. Get a decent editor.

2) No graphics? The author frequently identifies ship routes in the most useless way possible ("turn left at Ireland") and assumes we are familiar with various landmarks. Maps with arrows would have helped. Another example: author frequently talks about ship layouts - where people were on board, where torpedo damage occurred, flooding in various passages, etc. It's rather incredible that there's not one diagram in the book. The author describes some photos but only using text. He doesn't even show the German warning to the American public that he references again and again. I'm not reading another of his books until he learns how to use graphics.

Cons aside, the book has a lot of merit. I won't bother summarizing because other reviewers have already done it. I did enjoy the book overall even though I can't rate it that highly.

Bottom line: Good book but could have been so much better. ( )
  donwon | Jan 22, 2024 |
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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.
tillagd av amarie | ändraThe New York Times, Hampton Sides (betalvägg) (Mar 5, 2015)
 

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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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On 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, moreover, 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 more -- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

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