Thursday, July 2, 2015
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, 418 pages
The Lusitania was a British passenger ship that was torpedoed and sunk off the Irish coast in May 1915. In my vague knowledge of World War I, I thought that the sinking of the Lusitania prompted the United States to declare war on Germany. It didn't. The United States didn't enter the war until April 1917.
This is a story of the ocean liner, its passengers and crew, its final voyage, its sinking and the aftermath. It is also a story of what was happening politically in the United States, Britain and Germany in front of and behind the scenes from 1915 to 1917.
This is a great book for anyone interested in history, intrigue or a good story.