Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

"Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" by Erik Larson is the historical account of the Lusitania and it's Captain William Thomas Turner.

The events of this book take place in the height of the World War I. Germany had just declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, On May 1, 1915, the Lusitania sailed out of the New York Harbor for the last time carrying  a record number of children and infants. Passengers were surprisingly calm on the voyage despite the recent war activity in Europe. Although at this point, America was not yet involved in the war against Germany.

The Lusitania was a gigantic ship. Remember this was around the same time that the Titanic was sailing, and the Lusitania was just as large. The British specifically had the Lusitania built to the specifications of a battle ship so that it could easily be converted from a passenger carrier to a battle ship in times of war. Which is the reason why there were 192 furnaces on board to keep the turbines running.

What I liked best about this book is that the author painted an extraordinary description of life in America and Europe at this point in history. President Woodrow Wilson had just suffered the death of his wife and was quite depressed with his personal life and the happenings going on in the world. The tale of the Lusitania is horrifying, but written very well. It's a page turner that will be sure to give you a new insight to an old story.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.


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