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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 13 hours 4 minutesFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster   On May 1 1915 a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York bound for Liverpool carrying a record number of children and infants The passengers were anxious Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone and for months its U boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic Greyhounds and her captain William Thomas. He saw the body of the torpedo moving well ahead of the wake through water he described as being a beautiful green The torpedo was covered with a silvery phosphorescence you might term it which was caused by the air escaping from the motors He said It was a beautiful sight The last known photo of the LusitaniaThe term unsinkable had been obliterated from references regarding great ocean liners after the Titanic sunk in 1912 The impossible had already happened In 1915 the Lusitania had made 202 voyages across the Atlantic She was a floating beauty spacious luxurious and fast She was capable of 25 knots and could uickly leave behind any German U boats who may have had thoughts of trying to sink her Captain William Thomas Turner was not too worried about the Germans despite the increase in the number of ships being sunk He couldn t fathom that they would be so bold or so cruel as to sink a ship filled with women and children There had to be some niggling doubt though when the Germans sent a telegram warning people to reconsider taking trips across the Atlantic Captain William Thomas Turner in that fateful year 1915I was somewhat baffled at the number of people still choosing to travel through an aggressive war zone We ve all heard the adage all is fair in love and war but in the past there had always been a few rules in war regarding innocent people Walther Schwieger the captain of the Unterseeboot 20 didn t adhere to any rules except the rule of engagement His country was at war with the British and a ship owned by the British whether it was transporting supplies for the war effort or transporting noncombatants was of eual interest to him He after all was competing with his fellow U Boat captains to see who could sink the most tonnage Well the Lusitania at 31550 tons would put him over the top Walther SchwiegerSome people had booked passage but had decided at the last moment not to go Alta Piper the daughter of the famous medium never made it aboard neither did she refund her ticket Unable to ignore the night s voices but also apparently unable to step forth and just cancel she chose the path taken by indecisive people throughout history and spent the morning of departure packing and repacking her bags over and over letting the clock run out until at last she heard the distant horn marking the ship s departure I have a feeling she had an insistent tingle in the back of her neck Erik Larson does a wonderful job introducing us to the passengers My favorite was Charles Lauriat an antiuarian bookseller who talked a client into letting him borrow Charles Dicken s very own copy of A Christmas Carol with notes from the great writer about a lawsuit he was fighting in the margins He wanted to take it to London to allow another researcher to copy down Dicken s notes This might be the ultimate example exhibit A in NOT letting a friend borrow a book There was also Theodate Pope the famous pioneering architect who managed to break into a profession completely dominated by men Because they survived Larson is able to share with us some very personal observations of what happened before during and after the torpedo struck the ship Part of the problem is there was 1959 passengers and crew on board and the ship sank in 18 minutes How much time is lost while you decide if the ship is actually going to sink It was dumb luck that Schwieger happened to place the torpedo in the exact spot to insure that the ship would go down Pandemonium ensued 1195 perished Lots of uestions were asked after the event The picking up of extra as it turned out very unlucky passengers from another ship delayed their departure and increased the risk of U Boats having time to get into position The black smoke poured from only three of the four funnels which cut the speed of the ship from 25 knots to 21 knots but saved 1600 tons of coal a money saving decision made by Cunard due to fewer people risking the trip than normal This reduction in engines also added a day of travel Turner did not use a zigzag motion once he reached U Boat infested waters The biggest uestion which didn t receive enough attention or consideration was where was the Royal Navy They should have been escorting the liner once it was this close to the Irish coast Change one thing and the Lusitania would not have sunk on this tripTurner came under heavy criticism even from Winston Churchill himself but was eventually cleared of all wrongdoings Schwieger if he felt any remorse for killing so many innocent people never shared it He did sink the most tonnage so bully for him I hope he got a fking plaueI for many years like many Americans thought that the sinking of the Lusitania was the impetus for getting America in the war America did not enter the war for another two years The reason given other than the moral reasons for coming to the defense of our cousins in Britain was the famous Zimmermann telegram Larson also threads through the plot the trials and tribulations of Woodrow Wilson as he tries to convince Edith Bolling Galt to marry him You would think the poor woman wore bacon underwear the way he convorted after her So many things had to go wrong for the Lusitania to come under the cold calculating eyes of Schwieger and the gunsights of U Boat 20 All of them lined up even the final blow when Turner shifted directions at the perfect moment to give Schwieger the angle he needed It is a compelling story told by a veteran writer who knows how to pace and weave a story that even when you know the outcome you can t help but throw your bag together hop up the gangplank and marvel at the devil in the details The wreck of the Lusitania at the bottom of the oceanIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at To Adam With Love Gray Zone #1 comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania published to Celtic Wonder Tales coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster   On May 1 1915 a luxury 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He saw the body of the torpedo moving well ahead of the wake through water he described as being a beautiful green The torpedo was The Devil's Ribbon covered with a silvery phosphorescence you might term it which was You Can Teach Hitting caused by the air escaping from the motors He said It was a beautiful sight The last known photo of the LusitaniaThe term unsinkable had been obliterated from references regarding great ocean liners after the Titanic sunk in 1912 The impossible had already happened In 1915 the Lusitania had made 202 voyages across the Atlantic She was a floating beauty spacious luxurious and fast She was Take Control of TextExpander capable of 25 knots and Wedlocked could uickly leave behind any German U boats who may have had thoughts of trying to sink her Captain William Thomas Turner was not too worried about the Germans despite the increase in the number of ships being sunk He El hombre ue cambió su casa por un tulipán couldn t fathom that they would be so bold or so Everything Here Is Mine An Unhelpful Guide to Cat Behavior cruel as to sink a ship filled with women and Revisiting the Poetic Edda children There had to be some niggling doubt though when the Germans sent a telegram warning people to reconsider taking trips across the Atlantic Captain William Thomas Turner in that fateful year 1915I was somewhat baffled at the number of people still Liberty Chérie! choosing to travel through an aggressive war zone We ve all heard the adage all is fair in love and war but in the past there had always been a few rules in war regarding innocent people Walther Schwieger the Definitely Not Mr Darcy captain of the Unterseeboot 20 didn t adhere to any rules except the rule of engagement His Just Cant Get Enough country was at war with the British and a ship owned by the British whether it was transporting supplies for the war effort or transporting noncombatants was of eual interest to him He after all was Cardenio competing with his fellow U Boat A Grand Murder (Catherine OBrien Mystery #1) captains to see who School Crisis Prevention and Intervention could sink the most tonnage Well the Lusitania at 31550 tons would put him over the top Walther SchwiegerSome people had booked passage but had decided at the last moment not to go Alta Piper the daughter of the famous medium never made it aboard neither did she refund her ticket Unable to ignore the night s voices but also apparently unable to step forth and just Voices from the Mountain cancel she The Prisoner of Cell 25 chose the path taken by indecisive people throughout history and spent the morning of departure packing and repacking her bags over and over letting the Blindsighted clock run out until at last she heard the distant horn marking the ship s departure I have a feeling she had an insistent tingle in the back of her neck Erik Larson does a wonderful job introducing us to the passengers My favorite was Charles Lauriat an antiuarian bookseller who talked a Les femmes et lamour client into letting him borrow Charles Dicken s very own Sesame Street copy of A Christmas Carol with notes from the great writer about a lawsuit he was fighting in the margins He wanted to take it to London to allow another researcher to Pull My Paw copy down Dicken s notes This might be the ultimate example exhibit A in NOT letting a friend borrow a book There was also Theodate Pope the famous pioneering architect who managed to break into a profession Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate completely dominated by men Because they survived Larson is able to share with us some very personal observations of what happened before during and after the torpedo struck the ship Part of the problem is there was 1959 passengers and Eleven Madison Park crew on board and the ship sank in 18 minutes How much time is lost while you decide if the ship is actually going to sink It was dumb luck that Schwieger happened to place the torpedo in the exact spot to insure that the ship would go down Pandemonium ensued 1195 perished Lots of uestions were asked after the event The picking up of extra as it turned out very unlucky passengers from another ship delayed their departure and increased the risk of U Boats having time to get into position The black smoke poured from only three of the four funnels which Tuesday Night at Powermans cut the speed of the ship from 25 knots to 21 knots but saved 1600 tons of Hotel Des Voyageurs A Naughty Pillow Book coal a money saving decision made by Cunard due to fewer people risking the trip than normal This reduction in engines also added a day of travel Turner did not use a zigzag motion once he reached U Boat infested waters The biggest uestion which didn t receive enough attention or The Beatles Album consideration was where was the Royal Navy They should have been escorting the liner once it was this Seljan tytöt (Selja-sarja, #1) close to the Irish Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers coast Change one thing and the Lusitania would not have sunk on this tripTurner Honeymoon island came under heavy Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) criticism even from Winston Churchill himself but was eventually Illustrated Guide to Gardening cleared of all wrongdoings Schwieger if he felt any remorse for killing so many innocent people never shared it He did sink the most tonnage so bully for him I hope he got a fking plaueI for many years like many Americans thought that the sinking of the Lusitania was the impetus for getting America in the war America did not enter the war for another two years The reason given other than the moral reasons for Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness a Report by the President's Council on Bioethics coming to the defense of our Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (2010) cousins in Britain was the famous Zimmermann telegram Larson also threads through the plot the trials and tribulations of Woodrow Wilson as he tries to La Chute convince Edith Bolling Galt to marry him You would think the poor woman wore bacon underwear the way he Mistresss Master (Men in Blue, #3) convorted after her So many things had to go wrong for the Lusitania to Gilles Deleuze An Introduction come under the The Nighttime Cabin Thief cold Hitler's Silent Partners Swiss Banks Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice calculating eyes of Schwieger and the gunsights of U Boat 20 All of them lined up even the final blow when Turner shifted directions at the perfect moment to give Schwieger the angle he needed It is a scenes from the body compelling story told by a veteran writer who knows how to pace and weave a story that even when you know the outcome you Come the Shadows can t help but throw your bag together hop up the gangplank and marvel at the devil in the details The wreck of the Lusitania at the bottom of the oceanIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Y It is 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 mystery and real life suspense Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President 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 that helped place America on the road to war. Excellent Retelling of the Sinking of the LusitaniaI don t read a lot of nonfictionBut Erik Larson s books read like novelsHe s an excellent writer He choses historical events that contain a compelling story He fills the books with details that bring the time place and people to life He does an enormous amount of researchI loved Larson s The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America a story about the Chicago world s fair and the convergence of two men one the fair s architect the other a serial killerSo when I saw he d come out with a new book I got hold of the audio as soon as I could get itThe story was not uite as compelling as The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Perhaps in part this was because there were stories about many people instead of the focus on the two main characters as in The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Still Larson did his usual excellent jobAnd of course since I live in New York City I am fascinated by NY City history Larson covers the last voyage of the Lusitania from the beginningHe starts with the preparation of the ship for launch from Pier 54 at Little West 12th Street and the Hudson River it s now used for concerts The West Side Highway now adjacent to Pier 54 didn t yet exist in 1915 the year the Lusitania went downIt s fascinating and the reader feels like he or she is right there with the passengers as they board with their huge and unwieldy trunks and their elaborate travelling outfitsThe German government placed a warning advertisement in fifty US newspapers in April warning that Germany was at war with Britain and that the safety of those travelling on trans Atlantic crossings could not be guaranteedHowever no one took the German warnings entirely seriously First of all the previous rules of engagement had dictated that ships carrying civilians could not be attacked Also Cunard the owner of the Lusitania stood to lose a lot of money if it cancelled its trans Atlantic voyages Tragically there were children and babies on this voyage than usualAlso in an ironic twist of fate another ship the SS Cameronia which was supposed to embark at around the same time as the Lusitania was commandeered by the British Navy for its war effort so its 41 passengers were transferred to the Lusitania at the last minuteThe ship launched a bit late for various reasons on May 1 1915Larson details the trans Atlantic voyage which was largely pleasant and uneventful until the fateful day of May 7 1915 The ship was headed for Liverpool EnglandIts captain William Thomas Turner was a capable and experienced sea captain Larson also reconstructs the viewpoint of the Captain of the German U boat U 20 that sunk the Lusitania on May 7 This man Kapit nleutnant Walther Schwieger was a talented and dedicated captain intent on sinking neutral or enemy ships as this was his job He was also apparently a good man He was heartsick when he realized that women and children died in droves when the Lusitania sank U 20 hit the Lusitania with a single torpedo on May 7 a little after 2 pm a few miles off the Irish coast The ship sunk in about twenty minutes There was also a second explosion onboard presumably caused by steam pipes on the shipMore than a thousand lives were lostSeveral famous people died in the wreck including Alfred Vanderbilt who reportedly gave his life jacket to a mother with a child even though he couldn t swim writer Elbert Hubbard known for A Message to Garcia and theatrical producer Charles FrohmanLarson follows the stories of several lesser known passengers some who survived others who didn t For example he follows Richard Preston Pritchard a handsome and popular medical student who apparently died in the sinking Connecticut resident Theodate Pope survived She was one of the first female architects in America She was also involved in spiritualism and possibly in theosophy Her companion on the voyage Edwin Friend was lost at seaThe Lusitania was sunk at a time of greater faith I was amazed how many facing death were sustained by their spiritual faith and were able to be calm while dealing with disaster Many survivors reported mystical experiences while waiting to be rescuedHowever in other ways things haven t changed much since 1915I found it interesting that the authorities in particular Winston Churchill tried to pin the blame for the sinking on Captain Turner However there was an inuest in which Turner was exoneratedI don t think that brave man who did survive was in any way responsible He stayed with the ship until its last momentsHere are some telling factsThe Lusitania s speed was limited to less than the 25 knots per hour of which she was capable because Cunard Lines reuired Captain Turner to cut costs by using only three of Lusitania s four smoke stacks If the ship was running at top speed perhaps she could have outrun the U boat Although the British knew that U 20 was uite close to the Lusitania they never warned the ship because they were concerned about revealing their secret operations for decoding the German s encoded messagesBy the time the Lusitania received a message about U 20 it was too lateAlthough the Lusitania had been promised British warships to escort it those warships never showed up The Brits had already lost some warships to an earlier torpedoing and apparently they didn t want to risk losing any battle shipsThe designers of the collapsible boats did not test them to make sure they were easily deployed in an emergency Apparently the boats were not well designed Captain Turner did conduct at least one drill with the crew for deploying the boats but Cunard did not focus on passenger safety in the event of an emergencyNo one believed that the Germans would actually sink a passenger boat as this went counter to previous rules of engagementOne wonders whether the British government deliberately allowed the Lusitania to be destroyed to force America to enter World War I As it happened US President Woodrow Wilson did in fact bring the US into the war shortly after the destruction of the LusitaniaIn any case Scott Brick is the ideal audio reader for this type of material His expressive voice brings Larson s writing to lifeUpdate I heard Larson speak liveUpdate I saw Erik Larson speak on February 2 2016 He was as engaging and interesting a speaker as he is a writer But he was funnier and charming in person The Devil's Ribbon cast of evocative You Can Teach Hitting characters from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President Wilson a man lost to grief dreading the widening war but also Take Control of TextExpander captivated by the prospect of new love Gripping and important Dead Wake Wedlocked captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war. Excellent Retelling of the Sinking of the LusitaniaI don t read a lot of nonfictionBut Erik Larson s books read like novelsHe s an excellent writer He El hombre ue cambió su casa por un tulipán choses historical events that Everything Here Is Mine An Unhelpful Guide to Cat Behavior contain a Revisiting the Poetic Edda compelling story He fills the books with details that bring the time place and people to life He does an enormous amount of researchI loved Larson s The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America a story about the Chicago world s fair and the Liberty Chérie! convergence of two men one the fair s architect the other a serial killerSo when I saw he d Definitely Not Mr Darcy come out with a new book I got hold of the audio as soon as I Just Cant Get Enough could get itThe story was not uite as Cardenio compelling as The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Perhaps in part this was because there were stories about many people instead of the focus on the two main A Grand Murder (Catherine OBrien Mystery #1) characters as in The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Still Larson did his usual excellent jobAnd of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention course since I live in New York City I am fascinated by NY City history Larson Voices from the Mountain covers the last voyage of the Lusitania from the beginningHe starts with the preparation of the ship for launch from Pier 54 at Little West 12th Street and the Hudson River it s now used for The Prisoner of Cell 25 concerts The West Side Highway now adjacent to Pier 54 didn t yet exist in 1915 the year the Lusitania went downIt s fascinating and the reader feels like he or she is right there with the passengers as they board with their huge and unwieldy trunks and their elaborate travelling outfitsThe German government placed a warning advertisement in fifty US newspapers in April warning that Germany was at war with Britain and that the safety of those travelling on trans Atlantic Blindsighted crossings Les femmes et lamour could not be guaranteedHowever no one took the German warnings entirely seriously First of all the previous rules of engagement had dictated that ships Sesame Street carrying Pull My Paw civilians Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate could not be attacked Also Cunard the owner of the Lusitania stood to lose a lot of money if it Eleven Madison Park cancelled its trans Atlantic voyages Tragically there were Tuesday Night at Powermans children and babies on this voyage than usualAlso in an ironic twist of fate another ship the SS Cameronia which was supposed to embark at around the same time as the Lusitania was Hotel Des Voyageurs A Naughty Pillow Book commandeered by the British Navy for its war effort so its 41 passengers were transferred to the Lusitania at the last minuteThe ship launched a bit late for various reasons on May 1 1915Larson details the trans Atlantic voyage which was largely pleasant and uneventful until the fateful day of May 7 1915 The ship was headed for Liverpool EnglandIts The Beatles Album captain William Thomas Turner was a Seljan tytöt (Selja-sarja, #1) capable and experienced sea Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers captain Larson also reconstructs the viewpoint of the Captain of the German U boat U 20 that sunk the Lusitania on May 7 This man Kapit nleutnant Walther Schwieger was a talented and dedicated Honeymoon island captain intent on sinking neutral or enemy ships as this was his job He was also apparently a good man He was heartsick when he realized that women and Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) children died in droves when the Lusitania sank U 20 hit the Lusitania with a single torpedo on May 7 a little after 2 pm a few miles off the Irish Illustrated Guide to Gardening coast The ship sunk in about twenty minutes There was also a second explosion onboard presumably Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness a Report by the President's Council on Bioethics caused by steam pipes on the shipMore than a thousand lives were lostSeveral famous people died in the wreck including Alfred Vanderbilt who reportedly gave his life jacket to a mother with a Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (2010) child even though he La Chute couldn t swim writer Elbert Hubbard known for A Message to Garcia and theatrical producer Charles FrohmanLarson follows the stories of several lesser known passengers some who survived others who didn t For example he follows Richard Preston Pritchard a handsome and popular medical student who apparently died in the sinking Connecticut resident Theodate Pope survived She was one of the first female architects in America She was also involved in spiritualism and possibly in theosophy Her Mistresss Master (Men in Blue, #3) companion on the voyage Edwin Friend was lost at seaThe Lusitania was sunk at a time of greater faith I was amazed how many facing death were sustained by their spiritual faith and were able to be Gilles Deleuze An Introduction calm while dealing with disaster Many survivors reported mystical experiences while waiting to be rescuedHowever in other ways things haven t The Nighttime Cabin Thief changed much since 1915I found it interesting that the authorities in particular Winston Churchill tried to pin the blame for the sinking on Captain Turner However there was an inuest in which Turner was exoneratedI don t think that brave man who did survive was in any way responsible He stayed with the ship until its last momentsHere are some telling factsThe Lusitania s speed was limited to less than the 25 knots per hour of which she was Hitler's Silent Partners Swiss Banks Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice capable because Cunard Lines reuired Captain Turner to scenes from the body cut Come the Shadows costs by using only three of Lusitania s 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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Turner placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack He knew over that his ship the fastest then in service could outrun any threat Germany however was determined to change the rules of the game and Walther Schwieger the captain of Unterseeboot 20 was happy to oblige Meanwhile an ultra secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U boat but told no one As U 20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool an array of forces both grand and achingly small hubris a chance fog a closely guarded secret and all converged to produce one of the great disasters of histor. When I came across a radio interview with Erik Larson talking about his new Lusitania book Dead Wake I knew I had to have it I was excited Like I m going to buy this on my phone as soon as I park my car excited As many of you know I m deep into a World War I reading project I ve collected so many new titles that my kids are never going to college The Lusitania sinking was a moral turning point in the war It turned American opinion inexorably against Germany It also sowed no small amount of disarray in German submarine policy It is not uite the Pearl Harbor it is made out to be but it is immensely important Thus the Lusitania is a reuired topic in WWI studies Also it should be noted I am a Titanic buff and the Lusitania sinking is a close cousin in the disaster family So there was no doubt I d read this book That didn t mean I expected to love it A couple things gave me pause First I am not an unabashed Larson admirer I liked Isaac s Storm his book on the Galveston hurricane but I liked it in the sense that I like the sandwich I eat for lunch every day That is to say nourishing but nothing to sing from the rooftops I was also a bit worried by his guileless admission to knowing next to nothing about the Lusitania when he started researching the book It s foolish to expect a person to be an expert before he starts his research but his lack of basic knowledge such as the fact that the ship sank in 1915 and American did not enter the war until 1917 gave me pause I didn t want to read some hasty work of dilettantism meant to capitalize on centenary interest of the lost liner My worries were for naught This is in fact an excellent book It is not the definitive account of the Lusitania I think Diana Preston s book is thorough but it is far and away the best Every book about a sinking ship is eventually compared to Walter Lord s A Night to Remember It is a natural law Nothing can exceed Lord of course but Larson does a damn fine imitation The Titanic sank at a stately 2 hours and 40 minutes after striking an iceberg on April 14 1912 That lengthy time period is part of the reason for the many dramatic retellings Everyone on board that doomed vessel had time to take a breath look hard into their own soul and decide what kind of person they were Managing Director J Bruce Ismay stepped into a lifeboat Isidor and Ida Strauss did not Whatever else their decisions meant life or death chiefly they are godsends to the dramatist interested in the human ability to flourish or crumble under duress The Lusitania on the other hand was hit by a single torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20 on May 7 1915 The impact caused incredible damage heightened by mysterious sympathetic explosions coal dust or burst steam pipes most likely almost certainly not munitions that destroyed the Lusitania s steering and power The ship was locked into a turn with the propellers still churning forward She sank in eighteen minutes while developing such a severe starboard list that her starboard boats swung far away from the decks while the portside boats couldn t be lowered because they were flush against the hull The evacuation was a disaster compounded by the loss of many trained crewmembers to the navy There was no order no law no women and children first The ship sank within sight of land but in terms of help they were so far from civilization they might as well have been on the Moon 1198 people died 1195 passengers and crew plus 3 German stowaways There was a large percentage of kids on board including infants In terms of standing a chance at survival on that tilting plunging deck It might be best not to think about it The chaotic nature of the sinking makes for a difficult narrative Larson solves this problem by paring down his scope to focus on just a handful of people chief among them the Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat the female architect Theodate Pope and crewmember Leslie Morton He also chooses to mostly ignore the better known personages For instance Alfred Vanderbilt the ship s most famous and wealthy passenger rates only 6 mentions in the index Larson also spends a great deal of time with Captain Turner the Lusitania s master like Captain Smith an old sea dog who never learned a new trick and the U 20 s commander Walter Schwieger Oddly Larson also devotes an inordinate amount of space to President Woodrow Wilson and his burgeoning love affair with Edith Bolling Galt He uotes extensively from Wilson s moony letters In a different book say a biography of Wilson this would make perfect sense Here it s just a needless distraction The space could have been better served by finding another passenger to follow Or with some freaking pictures How does a major release like this not rate an inset Dead Wake is structured like a suspense thriller Larson utilizes short punchy chapters that cut between Wilson s maudlin romance in Washington DC the intelligence operatives in Great Britain s secret Room 40 the curmudgeonly Captain Turner and his wealthy passengers on the Lusitania this is the second Lusitania title I ve read in short order that ignores the very existence of steerage passengers and Captain Schweiger and his crew of the small but formidable U 20 The scenes set aboard the U 20 are among the book s best Larson admits to enjoying this part the most during the writing and research process and it shows He fills these sections with pungent tactile details about the cramped conditions the myriad dangers and the many horrible smells a WWI submariner faced First there was the basal reek of three dozen men who never bathed who wore leather clothes that did not breathe and shared one small lavatory The toilet from time to time imparted to the boat the scent of a cholera hospital and could be flushed only when the U boat was on the surface or at shallow depths lest the undersea pressure blow material back into the vessel This tended to happen to novice officers and crew and was called a U boat baptism The odor of diesel fuel infiltrated all corners of the boat ensuring that every cup of cocoa and piece of bread tasted of oil Then came the fragrances that emanated from the kitchen long after meals were cooked most notably that close cousin to male body odor day old fried onionsThe attack on the Lusitania and her sinking is told in vivid lucid prose That first turmoil that first bubble of foam was the expulsion of compressed air from the submarine s launching tube as the torpedo exited The torpedo itself was 20 feet long and 20 inches in diameter its nose shaped like the top of a corn silo contained 350 pounds of TNT and an explosive called HexaniteIt moved at about 35 knots or 40 miles an hour powered by compressed air stored in a tank toward its nose just behind the compartment that contained the explosives The air rushed against the pistons in its engine geared to spin two propellers one clockwise the other counterclockwise to keep the torpedo from rolling and veeringAs the torpedo advanced the water rushing past its nose turned a small propeller which unscrewed a safety device that prevented detonation during storage This propeller slipped from the nose and fell to the sea bottom thereby exposing a triggering mechanism that upon impact with a ship s hull would fire a small charge into the larger body of explosivesThe track lingered on the surface like a long pale scar In maritime vernacular this trail of fading disturbance whether from ship or torpedo was called a dead wake I mentioned above that Larson focuses his narrative on a small number of passengers Before the sinking he spends a great deal of time on their biographies a lot of this detail feels mundane and misplaced You might wonder why you have to learn so much about Charles Lauriat s bookselling business Well the payoff comes when Larson shifts into the Lusitania s final agony You are very much invested in the stories of the passengers and crew struggling to survive because so much time has been devoted to them It s strange but I when I read I generally feel a stronger emotional connection to fictional characters than to actual historical people because fictional characters are given detail life Nonfiction personages often come across like the stone monuments that now memorialize them Larson does a good job of making real people seem well real I ve now got several Lusitania books under my belt I didn t learn anything new in Dead Wake Indeed there is information to be found in other sources However this is by far the most compelling the most riveting presentation of this story and also one of the better works of history I ve read in awhile Whether you re a World War I buff celebrating the centenary or a casually interested reader laying beneath the sun while on the deck of a hopefully non sinking cruise ship this is a great choice Mastering the Art of French Cooking century had kept Joy Kogawa civilian ships safe from attack He knew over that his ship the fastest then in service The March of Literature: From Confucius' Day to Our Own could outrun any threat Germany however was determined to The Secrets Between Us change the rules of the game and Walther Schwieger the Miljonären Mårtensson captain of Unterseeboot 20 was happy to oblige Meanwhile an ultra secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U boat but told no one As U 20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool an array of forces both grand and achingly small hubris a Brothers of Tierra Buena chance fog a মালঞ্চ closely guarded secret and all Wonder converged to produce one of the great disasters of histor. When I The Norse Myths came across a radio interview with Erik Larson talking about his new Lusitania book Dead Wake I knew I had to have it I was excited Like I m going to buy this on my phone as soon as I park my Terminal ALICE car excited As many of you know I m deep into a World War I reading project I ve The Power of Non-Violence collected so many new titles that my kids are never going to Un enterrement de vie de jeune fille college The Lusitania sinking was a moral turning point in the war It turned American opinion inexorably against Germany It also sowed no small amount of disarray in German submarine policy It is not uite the Pearl Harbor it is made out to be but it is immensely important Thus the Lusitania is a reuired topic in WWI studies Also it should be noted I am a Titanic buff and the Lusitania sinking is a Friends of Lulu Presents close Not One Word cousin in the disaster family So there was no doubt I d read this book That didn t mean I expected to love it A The Way Between the Worlds Aelf Fen#4 couple things gave me pause First I am not an unabashed Larson admirer I liked Isaac s Storm his book on the Galveston hurricane but I liked it in the sense that I like the sandwich I eat for lunch every day That is to say nourishing but nothing to sing from the rooftops I was also a bit worried by his guileless admission to knowing next to nothing about the Lusitania when he started researching the book It s foolish to expect a person to be an expert before he starts his research but his lack of basic knowledge such as the fact that the ship sank in 1915 and American did not enter the war until 1917 gave me pause I didn t want to read some hasty work of dilettantism meant to Breeding Cycle (The Kategan Alphas, #1) capitalize on Reflections:: A Fifteenth Anniversary Collection centenary interest of the lost liner My worries were for naught This is in fact an excellent book It is not the definitive account of the Lusitania I think Diana Preston s book is thorough but it is far and away the best Every book about a sinking ship is eventually Philosophy and Ordinary Language The Bent and Genius of Our Tongue Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy compared to Walter Lord s A Night to Remember It is a natural law Nothing La casa nel vicolo can exceed Lord of The Merger: The International Conglomerate of Organized Crime course but Larson does a damn fine imitation The Titanic sank at a stately 2 hours and 40 minutes after striking an iceberg on April 14 1912 That lengthy time period is part of the reason for the many dramatic retellings Everyone on board that doomed vessel had time to take a breath look hard into their own soul and decide what kind of person they were Managing Director J Bruce Ismay stepped into a lifeboat Isidor and Ida Strauss did not Whatever else their decisions meant life or death The Cat Ate My Gymsuit chiefly they are godsends to the dramatist interested in the human ability to flourish or Burning Bridges crumble under duress The Lusitania on the other hand was hit by a single torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20 on May 7 1915 The impact Stained (Lesser-Bred, #1) caused incredible damage heightened by mysterious sympathetic explosions Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2) coal dust or burst steam pipes most likely almost My Abuelas Table certainly not munitions that destroyed the Lusitania s steering and power The ship was locked into a turn with the propellers still The Little Book of Essex churning forward She sank in eighteen minutes while developing such a severe starboard list that her starboard boats swung far away from the decks while the portside boats Awareness, Dialogue and Process couldn t be lowered because they were flush against the hull The evacuation was a disaster Vita di Benvenuto di Maestro Giovanni Cellini fiorentino scritta per lui medesimo in Firenze crewmembers to the navy There was no order no law no women and The Human Predator A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation children first The ship sank within sight of land but in terms of help they were so far from Death on the Rive Nord Lucas Rocco #2 civilization they might as well have been on the Moon 1198 people died 1195 passengers and Journeys End (Clarion of Destiny, #8) crew plus 3 German stowaways There was a large percentage of kids on board including infants In terms of standing a At Risk chance at survival on that tilting plunging deck It might be best not to think about it The The Cuisine of Hubert Keller chaotic nature of the sinking makes for a difficult narrative Larson solves this problem by paring down his scope to focus on just a handful of people Vergaat de wereld in 2012? chief among them the Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat the female architect Theodate Pope and The Unhewn Stone crewmember Leslie Morton He also Skulle jag dö under andra himlar chooses to mostly ignore the better known personages For instance Alfred Vanderbilt the ship s most famous and wealthy passenger rates only 6 mentions in the index Larson also spends a great deal of time with Captain Turner the Lusitania s master like Captain Smith an old sea dog who never learned a new trick and the U 20 s Här har du ditt liv commander Walter Schwieger Oddly Larson also devotes an inordinate amount of space to President Woodrow Wilson and his burgeoning love affair with Edith Bolling Galt He uotes extensively from Wilson s moony letters In a different book say a biography of Wilson this would make perfect sense Here it s just a needless distraction The space Rachesommer chapters that Killer Kids: Shocking True Stories Of Children Who Murdered Their Parents (True Crime (St. Martin's Paperbacks)) cut between Wilson s maudlin romance in Washington DC the intelligence operatives in Great Britain s secret Room 40 the Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial curmudgeonly Captain Turner and his wealthy passengers on the Lusitania this is the second Lusitania title I ve read in short order that ignores the very existence of steerage passengers and Captain Schweiger and his Kreta-døgn crew of the small but formidable U 20 The scenes set aboard the U 20 are among the book s best Larson admits to enjoying this part the most during the writing and research process and it shows He fills these sections with pungent tactile details about the I Am Legend cramped The Second Choice conditions the myriad dangers and the many horrible smells a WWI submariner faced First there was the basal reek of three dozen men who never bathed who wore leather Rage of the Fallen clothes that did not breathe and shared one small lavatory The toilet from time to time imparted to the boat the scent of a Sexual Symmetry cholera hospital and Yours To Keep could be flushed only when the U boat was on the surface or at shallow depths lest the undersea pressure blow material back into the vessel This tended to happen to novice officers and Coffee at Little Angels crew and was The 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    Read Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania EBOOK FREE (Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania) ó Erik Larson Read & download Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ú Erik Larson Excellent Retelling of the Sinking of the LusitaniaI don't read a lot of nonfictionBut Erik Larson's books read like novelsHe's an excellent writer He choses historical events that contain a compelling story He fills the

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    Read Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson Ú 2 Read & download Read & download Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ú Erik Larson WowThis is an all embracing historical heartbreak storya tragedy that could have been avoided The seas were a war zoneRight from the start we learn that their were delays leaving New York America was not yet at war yet in May 1915 against Germany Red flag warnings were everywhere They were suppose to run the ship on 4 engines but got by with 3 The German government warned Americans that traveling on trans Atlantic wasn't safe Other safety

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