Least favorite Erik Larson by far
My least favorite and least memorable of his books
This is my 3rd or 4th Larson. He never disappoints. He is the absolute best at weaving eye-witness accounts into a cohesive story.
Erik Larson is a fabulous chronicler but he needs to learn that sometimes less is more. I really enjoyed the personal passenger stories and the eyewitness accounts were enthralling & heartbreaking. “Ill fated” seems to be the right term for this voyage as several factors may have played a hand in the fatal disaster. I feel blame does not lie with Captain Turner but I do question the culpability of the British Admiralty. #Nonfiction2019 17/25
#AudioFolding Having weekend guests always means EXTRA laundry (3 loads) so I‘ve been busy. Glad to have an audiobook to keep me company. I‘m finding this one a little tedious. I think Erik Larson is a real stickler for details!!! Sheesh, he doesn‘t edit anything out🤣😂🤪
Erik Larson writes such compelling non fiction. I‘m really enjoying this #audiobook 🎧Beginning was a bit dry but now it‘s getting more interesting and I‘m loving all the personal histories. Got in a 50 minute walk before it started to rain 🌧🌧 Found a cool looking #Fence #LitsyWalkers @kaye
#LitsyWalkers Another loop around the neighborhood. Dropped off a few books to a friend who‘s leaving on holiday
Started a new #audiobook 🎧I think I might prefer female narrators but still subject matter is really interesting. I‘m sharing a photo of Car2Go. It‘s an app where u can borrow a #car, which are located throughout the neighborhood in designated parking spots. I believe your given a code to unlock the car & find key.
Had a great start to #NonFiction2019 I‘ve always loved non-fiction but can find it hard to get through at times. I think it‘s because my brain gets overloaded with facts & trivia. Five in a month is an awesome number for me, hopefully I can keep up the momentum! #trivialpursuit #factsorfiction
A #reread for me, this is the story behind the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI.
Many of the personal stories struck me—the woman giving birth in the sea especially. Was the captain to blame for the sinking? Were the British guilty of a conspiracy in order to force the US to enter the war?
#attheendoftheday, the responsibility ultimately lies with the German military. #musicalnewyear
#audiobaking and #audiocleaning today with Dead Wake. It‘s a reread for me luckily, because I find all the information difficult to process when I‘m distracted.
I made a spinach quiche with @Meredith3 ‘s fresh eggs from her chickens. I make this a few times a month because it‘s nice to have in the fridge for breakfast or a quick meal.
A fascinating look at the sinking of the Lusitania with shocking information about a British intelligence agency that tracked the u-boat responsible. I learned basic information in school about this event and was honestly surprised to learn the political intrigue surrounding the sinking.
The level of detail in the beginning made it a bit slow, but I appreciated the effort of all the research. The abstraction the human mind is capable of to commit acts like torpedoing passenger ships (which was unprecedented) is always boggling.
Not really fancying a cruise at the moment. 😧
#NonFiction2019 I almost forgot about my non-fiction bingo card! Dead Wake is appropriate for a few of the squares(Somethjng With History, Something With Travel)but I‘ve gone with #SomethingAboutSurvival That anyone survived the sinking is miraculous, the chaos onboard, inexperienced crew, cold water & slow rescue all caused so many needless deaths, so the fact there was over 750 survivors is amazing. #WarIsHell
#FirstBookOf2019 is done!🎉 What a fantastic book. Erik Larson is a master storyteller, without using glossy pictures or diagrams, he takes what could‘ve been dry facts and turned it into one of the most interesting & enthralling reads I‘ve had the pleasure of coming across in awhile.🚢Highly recommended 5⭐️ Can‘t wait to get my copy of his The Devil In The White City.
If this is true, Churchill‘s reputation as a great man was sorely misplaced. I understand that war is hell and that an atmosphere of “the ends justifies the means” is prevalent, but this deliberate endangering of civilian lives, many of whom babies & toddlers, is just disgusting. Shame on you Winston.
Halfway through this fantastic book, I have a tendency to read non-fiction much slower than any other category. This account of the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat in the 1st year of WWI is unique in that there‘s no pictures or diagrams, just accounts from the perspective of both passengers & crew of the Lusitania but also of the crew of U20, especially Captain Schwieger and also British intelligence who knew that the sub was there.
I‘m highly enjoying this non-fiction about the last voyage of the Lusitania before being torpedoed by a U-boat in WWI. Don‘t expect pictures, diagrams or any visuals but do expect personalized stories from both sides of the encounter, from the captain of the German sub to the cabin boys on the Liner & even to Winston Churchill & President Woodrow Wilson. Very readable & full of the little details that make a story great.🚢🗺💥
#FirstBookOf2019 First cab off the rank for 2019 will be Dead Wake, a book about the sinking of the liner, the Lusitania, by a German U-boat in 1915 off the Irish coast. Ships such as this were considered “safe” in wartime due to the 1,000s of civilians onboard, until this incident in WWI. I‘ve just watched the Nat Geo doc where they dived on the wreck & after testing theorized the torpedo caused a boiler to explode causing it to sink in 18mins.🚢
My audible reads for December. https://reecaspieces.com/2018/12/29/december-audible-reads-audible-audiobooks/
#BookMail Pt1 Just a few last books of 2018, both are non-fiction surprisingly, though I think one more is coming Monday. I was going to add up how many books I‘ve bought this year, but having a heart attack isn‘t on my to-do list today! This book I actually borrowed from the library last year but only got halfway before it was returned. I‘m hoping to also pick up his Devil In The White City book in the sales. Coz I just don‘t have enough books🤓
Second of all, the historical and maritime placement of all the key players in the Lusitania‘s sinking was phenomenal. Third of all, clearly no maritime shipping company will hold sailing for your personal safety. This, surprisingly, is news to me.
Finally, this book is so good it warrants creation of a new hashtag. #rtb - READ THIS BOOK! I‘d vote that list is two books long - this and My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, et al.
Did the passengers really see the torpedo coming? What happened to the ship‘s Captain, A.S. (After Shipwreck)? Why would Cunard launch the Titanic after this one sank (yeah, slight embarrassment over that historical timeline slip up 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️)?
Let me just say, this will not be my last Erik Larson. First of all, the man can write a readable historical nonfiction!
By far the most popular book I read this year in terms of response from the literary community, this is my first Erik Larson and my first in Lusitania history. I bought this book as part of the 2016 B&N Signed book collection thinking, “meh someday.”
But then I read The Glass Ocean by The Ladies W and boom, man I couldn‘t wait to read this book!
Cunard‘s passenger list was incomplete & poorly maintained.
This meant many were reported as survived when they were victims.
In some cases, the serial # recorded on wristwatches was the only means to ID passengers.
The search for remains was discontinued on June 4th.
The victims of the senseless aggression of nations on the brink of war.
Lusitania - dunk by torpedo 7 May 1915
Of the 1,959 passengers/crew - 764 survived
Of the 33 infants - 6 survived
Of the 3 German prisoners - 0 survived
Over 600 passengers were never found
Of the perished - 1,195
Most next of kin were notified by telegraph.
Within 1 month, England would be at war with Germany.
Full disclosure on this review: narrative nonfiction is one of my favorite genres. So this book was right up my alley. It was an engrossing tale of the sinking of the Lusitania by German U-boats in 1915, before the U.S. entered WWI. Highly recommended.
“Schwieger heard the telltale hiss of air that fled the ship as water filled its hull. U-boat commanders always found this a satisfying moment. Kptnltnt Forstner, in his memoir, described how the air “escapes with the shrill whistle from every possible aperture, and the sound resembles the shriek of a steam siren. This is a wonderful spectacle to behold!” ⬇️⬇️⬇️
My $2.00 haul from the library near my parents 😍
“We were still looking upon the war in the light of Victorian and previous wars ... [failing to notice] the nature and method of war had changed for all time in August 1914 and that no war in the future would exclude anybody...”
Reverend Morton, 1915, Port of New York.
I am not a big fan of nonfiction (and normally avoid it), but I loved this book.
My second by Larson, and I love his style. It‘s about one of the great ocean liners and WWI, both topics that I‘ve always been fascinated by. The audiobook is narrated by Scott Brick, one of my favorites. No doubt all of these things helped, but the book is well researched and thorough, and written so beautifully it‘s like reading a novel—just brilliant.
Every June, my local library holds a massive sale as their annual fundraiser. It‘s my favourite week of the year because the books are cheap and my birthday always falls during that week. The books I buy are my early gifts to myself. This is the first haul!
I‘m an enthusiastic convert to Larson‘s books 📚- I can‘t wait to see what he does with other historical events. I had known the Luisitania had been sunk but really nothing more than that, so the significance of the event was new to me. I enjoy Larson‘s writing style and information - he really does bring history to life. I look forward to seeing what other topics and events he tackles.