Though the global impact of the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat has faded some since it occurred a century ago, Erik Larson brings it back to life with this novellike account of the ill-fated voyage.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the LusitaniaDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though I was fairly astute of the 1915 events surrounding the HMS Lusitania and it’s influence on the United States entering the “Great War”, Dead Wake applied the magnifying glass to the details, clarifying many misunderstandings that I had and bringing the entire ordeal to life.

Like the previous Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts, the amount of information packed into a relatively small number of pages is amazing. Larson obviously researches his subject very meticulously. Though a work of non-fiction, Larson’s style of writing makes it seem more like a historical fiction.

My second Larson and definitely not the last.

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Steve D.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania


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