New Lusitania Book
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
It’s 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 and suspense, “Dead Wake” brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow 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 whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
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.
Author Erik Larson is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award winning, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
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