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Author Larson, Erik, 1954- author.

Title Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania / Erik Larson.

Publication Info. New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    940.4514 LAR    Available
 GDL Pacific Park Library Non-Fiction    940.4514 LAR    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 430 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-418) and index.
Contents Mining suspense -- A word from the captain -- "Bloody monkeys" -- Jump rope and caviar -- Dead wake -- The black soul -- The sea of secrets -- Personal effects.
Summary "On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its tenth month, 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 surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "greyhounds"--the fastest liner then in service--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. 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 ultrasecret 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"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Lusitania (Steamship).
World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, German.
Shipping -- Government policy -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Added Title Last crossing of the Lusitania
ISBN 9780307408860 (hbk.)
0307408868 (hbk.)
9780307408877 (pbk.)
0307408876 (pbk.)

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