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Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania

Author: Erik Larson
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Case studies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Larson
ISBN: 9780307408860 0307408868 9780307408877 0307408876
OCLC Number: 890011483
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: 430 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Mining suspense --
A word from the captain --
"Bloody monkeys" --
Jump rope and caviar --
Dead wake --
The black soul --
The sea of secrets --
Epilogue: personal effects.
Other Titles: Last crossing of the Lusitania
Responsibility: Erik Larson.
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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 Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, 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 more -- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

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