Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Aug 31, 2015 by

Book review by Ann Thorn


Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Written by Eric Larsen

As I first heard of this book, I wondered what could be said of the Lusitania.  It was sunk by a German submarine and was one of the factors that led to the United States declaring war on Germany in 1917.  Eric Larsen’s extensive research from letters, diaries, newspapers, British Admiralty archives, ship logs, German naval records, books by survivors, biographies of prominent leaders at the time, and much more, provide a day by day drama that results in the convergence of the Lusitania and U-boat 20 on the fateful day of May 7, 1915.  Larsen weaves the stories of some of the passengers, survivors and deceased, in juxtaposition with the story of the U-boat destined to sink them.  The drama builds even as you know what the final outcome will be.

The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

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