Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (2015)
In May 1915, a luxury ocean liner called the Lusitania left New York for Liverpool, full of passengers. Believing the Lusitania to be safe from attack, passengers and crew traveled through a U-boat-infested war zone, ignoring German warnings. A single German torpedo took out the world’s largest passenger ship, claiming the lives of 1198 people.
Dead Wake is an extremely well-researched non-fiction book. It tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania through its passengers and crew, as well as the German U-boat captain who torpedoed the ship, a top secret British intelligence unit, and President Woodrow Wilson. I liked all the various perspectives, though there wasn’t enough to become attached to any of the characters. I also felt that including Woodrow Wilson’s courtship of Edith Galt should have been left out.
It was a good book and I respect the research that went into it, but I didn’t love it.
You might like this book if you are interested in…
- The Lusitania (duh)
- Well-researched non-fiction
- World War I
- American and/or European history
- Sinking ships