by Insert Eric Larson
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain a war zone. But the Lusitania was the fastest liner then in service—and her captain placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game.
Dead Wake captures the drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
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