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Dead Wake
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania | Erik Larson
#1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1, 1915, with WWI 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 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. 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 and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow 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 whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.From the Hardcover edition.
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EmilieGR
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Least favorite Erik Larson by far

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EmilieGR
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My least favorite and least memorable of his books

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Arkrayder
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This was a real heart wrenching book. Well researched and written, the author weaves a tragic tale, of small chances and what could have beens, which make this novel so sad. #Lusitania #Queenstown #Irish Sea #U-20

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KimM
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This is my 3rd or 4th Larson. He never disappoints. He is the absolute best at weaving eye-witness accounts into a cohesive story.

Reviewsbylola I think this is my favorite book of his! 4mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve only read one by him, (tagged) and loved it. I‘m looking forward to this one. 4mo
sprainedbrain This is my favorite of his (so far). Loved the audio! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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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

DrJAdMerricksson I want to read List City of the Monkey God. I love Preston and Child. Individually & together 😻 5mo
Amiable You‘re doing great on this challenge! I‘m bogged down with my “something about politics” —a 1,200 page biography of Harry Truman. 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great! And great job with your card already! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amiable Those huge tomes take awhile, but usually they are worth it. I felt that way reading some of Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s....plus the year is still young, you have plenty of time. 5mo
Cinfhen Oh wow @Amiable that‘s a mega chunkster...it could probably count for 3 prompts 😂😂🙌🏻 Lost City was excellent @DrJAdMerricksson I highly recommend reading it. I‘ve really enjoyed all of my picks so far @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for hosting the challenge 😁💞 5mo
Bklover Look at you, Bingo-ing!!! This book is still on my TBR. Waiting for the right time. 🧡🧡 5mo
Megabooks You‘re doing great!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Cinfhen It was slow @Bklover and had a lot of added stuff that I didn‘t find particularly interesting or relative to the actual story BUT it was still a really informative and compelling story. When the time is right, i think you‘ll enjoy 😁 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Megabooks which squares do u have left?? I know what I‘m reading for animals, another country and written by a woman but im not sure about the others 🤷‍♀️Any suggestions!?!? 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen the only ones I don‘t have something picked out history, another country, and science. I‘m starting the trauma cleaner tonight for found on Litsy thanks to you! 👍🏻 What are you using for another country? 5mo
Megabooks I‘m using this for movement 5mo
Megabooks I used this for uplifting 5mo
Megabooks This for inspirational 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the suggestions @Megabooks I read Shrill but Parkland & Meaty both sound great!!!! I‘m using this one for another country. It was a #kindledeal and @britt_brooke gave it 5 stars!!!!> 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that does sound good! Thanks! 5mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I definitely want to know what you think about Monsoon Mansion! It‘s a tough story, but the writing is really beautiful. 5mo
Cinfhen Hope to get to it soon @britt_brooke will definitely share my thoughts with you ☺️how are your boys feeling?? Everyone over the flu??? 5mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Oh no! Hope he feels better soon. 🤞🏻 5mo
Cinfhen Thank you!! It‘s been a rough flu season @britt_brooke 😢😢😢 5mo
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#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🤣😂🤪

Bklover I have a couple of Erik Larson books on my shelf to read. I‘m fascinated with what I learn from his books, but he definitely tells you every single thing you ever wanted to know about a subject! 5mo
Cinfhen Exactly @Bklover and then some extra stuff, just in case!!!! 😂😂😂 5mo
Crazeedi I really liked his other books, but this one slogged along, I didn't finish it 5mo
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Cinfhen
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#LitsyWalkers #Flag spotted inside a parked bus. Today‘s listen was REALLY BORING 😬I see I‘m only in part 3 and there‘s 11 parts to this audio 😱Hope the story picks up or I might #JumpShip 😉

britt_brooke What speed are you listening on? Speed Scott Brick up a bit, it helps. 5mo
Patchshank I'm reading a book by him. I think his writing is just very dry. The information itself is interesting, but he's not the one making it interesting if that makes any sense. 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks, I‘ll try @britt_brooke I definitely feel your Hamilton woes 🥴I don‘t think i could handle 30 hours with Mr. Brick 😳 😂 5mo
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Cinfhen Ive read 2 others by him and I agree @Patchshank the material is fascinating but it‘s presented somewhat academic / too much information almost!! I did enjoy 5mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved Devil in the White City, but this one is my favorite by him! I bailed on Garden of Beasts 😬 5mo
Cinfhen Garden of Beasts was for bookclub @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled and while I didn‘t love it, we had such a great discussion that I grew to appreciate the book much more after the fact. 5mo
TrishB I have one of them on the pile, can‘t remember which one! 5mo
Reviewsbylola This is my favorite Larsson. Stick with it at least a little longer! 🚢 5mo
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Cinfhen
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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

Librarybelle He‘s such a good storyteller...one of my big recommendations for narrative nonfiction writers 5mo
Mdargusch This book fascinated me and I have liked all of his books that I‘ve read. I finished pondering the question- could this have been avoided? And why did the powers to be let it happen? So tragic. 5mo
Kaye Great job. I keep meaning to read this. Just haven‘t gotten to it yet. 5mo
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Bklover This has been on my shelf since it came out in paperback. 5mo
britt_brooke This is a great read. I listened to the audio, too, even though Scott Brick‘s narration annoys the shit out of me. Something about his voice makes me angry. 5mo
Cinfhen It‘s funny you say that @britt_brooke bc I mentioned in my first post that the narrator ( Scott Brick) has the most annoying voice...I feel like punching him in the face!!! It‘s like his tone indicates smugness, boredom and a mix of superiority 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
WanderingBookaneer This is not my favorite of his work, but it was fascinating. 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m a little bored 😐 @WanderingBookaneer I thought I was further along...I think if I was reading I might bail but on audio I kind of tune in & out (edited) 5mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Dang, I missed that post, but that‘s EXACTLY it! 🎯 I want to listen to Hamilton on audio, but he‘s the narrator so I keep putting it off because it‘s 30+ hours. I just don‘t know if I can deal with him. #booknerdproblems 5mo
WanderingBookaneer @britt_brooke : I listened to the Hamilton audio. I did an hour a day at 2x speed. It was not bad. 5mo
britt_brooke @WanderingBookaneer Oh good! I‘ll give it try at some point. Speeding him up definitely helps. 5mo
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Cinfhen
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#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.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I like the car2go idea! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly We have that here. It‘s called Zip Car. I think it‘s a genius idea because who wants to own a car in a city? 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen zip car @MicheleinPhilly it is a good idea @Jee_HookedOnBookz They have it for bikes and electric scooters too!! 🚲🛴 5mo
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LeahBergen We have Car2Go here, too. 👍🏻 5mo
TrishB We have it for bikes 👍🏻 5mo
BarbaraBB We have Car2Go here too ☝️ 5mo
Kaye 🌟 5mo
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Lizpixie
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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

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Truly a great job, I usually only average one or two a month. 5mo
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Reviewsbylola
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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

Susanita I liked the part about President Wilson being so agitated he left the White House and went for a walk! 6mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read this one 6mo
Mdargusch Those conspiracy theories were interesting. 6mo
Cinfhen Still need to read this one!! 5mo
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Reviewsbylola
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#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.

jhod Looks delicious! 6mo
Samplergal Oh looks wonderful. I made one a few weeks ago. I‘m going to make one this week! Thanks for reminding me. 6mo
kspenmoll Looks so yummy! 6mo
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JustJill1963 I love quiche! 6mo
Patchshank Looks really good! 🍽️😋 6mo
Megabooks I love quiche! Looks great! 6mo
Christine 😋!! 6mo
batsy Yum! 6mo
emilyhaldi Youre quite the chef these days! 6mo
Cinfhen I was thinking of making quiche today for my family even though I stopped eating dairy almost a year ago!! Well, almost stopped because I still eat milk chocolate... I can‘t give that up!!! 6mo
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kyraleseberg
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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.

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Tamra
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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.

sprainedbrain And Scott Brick! I just love his narration. ❤️ 6mo
Tamra @sprainedbrain he was very good! 6mo
Kaye NF 🌟 6mo
LaurenReads Loved this on audio 6mo
Reviewsbylola I could not put this one down! 6mo
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Tamra
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Not really fancying a cruise at the moment. 😧

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve never fancied a cruise and nowadays with the seemingly daily, “This cruise ship was full of cooties” stories I don‘t see that changing. 6mo
taraWritesSci @MicheleinPhilly Agreed! A hard "nope" on that idea. ? 6mo
Amiable @MicheleinPhilly @taraWritesSci My husband and I have taken a few river cruises in Europe--those are definitely the way to go. Only about 125 people on board (the Viking River Cruises, anyway). We loved them. Less people =less chance of cooties. We also tried an ocean cruise in the Mediterranean just to see what it's like on the big ships, but we were not fans of that at all. Too many people. 6mo
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Tamra @Amiable @MicheleinPhilly @taraWritesSci I‘ve never had a desire to begin with and definitely not considering cooties & too many people. A crowd is not my idea of fun. 😆 6mo
Kaye NF ⭐️ 6mo
emtobiasz This audiobook was so wonderful— although, even knowing what happened on the Lusitania going in, I was still really struck by how sudden the tragedy seemed. 6mo
Tertubotn I‘m looking for a good audiobook to take on a long, boring flight. Will look for this one, thank you! 6mo
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kyraleseberg
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Started the morning with a total #blameitonLitsy pick from the library!

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Lizpixie
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#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

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like a great book! This challenge is adding so many more great books to my TBR list! 6mo
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Lizpixie
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#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.

Mdargusch I loved this book too! 6mo
GlassAsDiamonds Devil in the White City is brilliant, worth a wait/ effort! 😊 6mo
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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.

Graywacke Oh dear - don‘t read a biography, you‘ll be horrified. (I like to imagine he was the right person at the right time, but I‘m not sure anyone thinks he was ever really a good person) 6mo
TrishB He was not a good person pre-war. He was a war leader, end of. 6mo
rubyslippersreads This shocked me, and so did the bit about Captain von Trapp 🙁 6mo
Sarah24 The more I learn about Churchill the more conflicted I am to what extent of a hero he actually was. He had strong imperialistic tendencies and his political opinions/decisions (opposition to female suffrage and carpet bombing) were shocking! However, he was important to Britain during and post WW2. It's a toughy! 6mo
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Lizpixie
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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.

WanderingBookaneer I love his work. 6mo
Lizpixie @WanderingBookaneer I have his Devil In The White City On The way now from book depository. He definitely knows how to turn dry facts into enthralling chapters🚢 6mo
Lynnsoprano I need to get this for hubby. It‘s definitely his sort of thing. 6mo
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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.🚢🗺💥

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#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.🚢

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Aims42
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A fantastic read! Definitely recommend for any history buffs or fans of Erik Larson‘s other works 👍🏻

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Dead Wake is amazing - so is Unraveling Oliver! Good stuff!! (edited) 7mo
LoverofLit I really enjoyed Night Road. I has such conflicting feelings towards Jude by the end and felt sad for all involved! 7mo
Pricel101 Great list! Happy reading! Loved Dead Wake and anything by Kristen Hannah 👍📚 7mo
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tammy_sue Both fabulous novels by Liz Nugent and Kristen Hannah! 👌🏻 7mo
Cortg Night Road had me ugly crying like crazy! So glad I had the house to myself that weekend. It wasn‘t pretty. 7mo
kspenmoll Thanks for your reviews! Think I will listen to Dead Wake rather than read. (edited) 7mo
Reecaspieces @kspenmoll I agree. Sometimes these longer reads are better that way for me 7mo
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#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🤓

sprainedbrain That‘s such a good book!! 7mo
Aims42 I‘m currently reading this and I LOVE IT!! I haven‘t read ‘Devil in the White City‘, but I did really enjoy ‘In the Garden of Beasts‘ by him 7mo
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MellieAntoinette
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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.

RamsFan1963 I loved this book. Erik Larson is a phenomenal writer, his histories read like the very best fiction, so alive and personal. 7mo
GondorGirl And... two books added to my TBR list! 7mo
Mdargusch This was a great read! 7mo
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MellieAntoinette @GondorGirl Yaaaasss! You won‘t be disappointed (hopefully)! 7mo
MellieAntoinette @Mdargusch Right! We need more of this! 7mo
MellieAntoinette @RamsFan1963 An excellent way to put it! If Novelesque were a thing, it‘d be Erik Larson! 7mo
Bookswithjams I love his books!! This one was excellent per usual! 7mo
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MellieAntoinette
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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!

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MellieAntoinette
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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!

RamsFan1963 If you're going to read more Larson, I highly recommend The Devil In The White City, my favorite of his books. 7mo
MellieAntoinette @RamsFan1963 Adding to my #tbr now! Is this the one DiCaprio is making into a movie?? (edited) 7mo
RamsFan1963 Yes it is. I found the parts about creating the World's Faire more interesting than the serial killer parts, but I'm sure the movie will concentrate on the more lurid part of the story. 7mo
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MellieAntoinette
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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.

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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.

Literary_Siren I really need to read this!! I‘m a Titanic fanatic but I know next to nothing about the Lusitania! I‘m disappointed in myself. 7mo
MellieAntoinette @Literary_Siren Do it! I was floored by Lusitania‘s story (and surprised by the number of Titanic comparisons). I hope you love it! 7mo
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“I always thought a shipwreck was a well organized affair.”

“So did I. But I‘ve learnt the devil of a lot in the last 5 minutes.”

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“The 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.”

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Amiable
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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.

Reviewsbylola LOVED this one! 7mo
britt_brooke I thought this was excellent, too! 7mo
Amiable @Reviewsbylola @britt_brooke I don't think Larson can write a bad book! I love his stuff. 7mo
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rubyslippersreads I really enjoyed this one too. 7mo
Aims42 I‘m halfway thru and really enjoying it 😃 I really like Larson‘s writing 7mo
LeahBergen This was so good! 7mo
Kaye Sounds great. I always like seeing you reviews as fiction seems much more widely read in here than NF. 7mo
Amiable @kaye I know what you mean! I pretty much read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. I always am reading one of each and alternate back and forth between them, depending on my particular mood. 7mo
BookBabe I loved this book! @MrBook did too. 7mo
britt_brooke @Amiable It‘s in my TBR! 7mo
Aims42 @Amiable I haven‘t! I got ‘Thunderstruck‘ for Christmas and can‘t wait to read it ☺️ 7mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read that one yet (and I‘ve been meaning to ever since visiting Galveston several years ago 😬). 7mo
sprainedbrain So good! 7mo
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Aims42
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Christmas Day Night: new pjs, new comfy socks, a good book, and knowledge that even though I have work tomorrow, I have a weekend again in 3 sleeps 😊

Tamra Nice! 7mo
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“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!” ⬇️⬇️⬇️

MellieAntoinette “Often at this point stricken ships give one last exhalation as water filled their boiler rooms, causing a final explosion and releasing a cloud of black smoke and soot, known to U-boat commanders as “the black soul.“ (edited) 7mo
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This book was so good!!!! His nonfiction reads like a novel and then when it gets horrific you remember this actually happened #audiobook #nonfiction

Booksnob I love his books! 7mo
sprainedbrain Loved this one! 7mo
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My $2.00 haul from the library near my parents 😍

RaimeyGallant Sweet! 8mo
Literary_Siren I need to get Dead Wake on my shelves!! 8mo
Aims42 @RaimeyGallant 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 8mo
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Aims42 @Literary_Siren I had it on my Christmas list that I gave to my parents, it was meant to be lol 8mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed the BBC series, Home Fires. And Dead Wake is fantastic! 8mo
Aims42 @LeahBergen Awesome!!! 🤞🏼👍🏻 8mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“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.

RealBooks4ever Great book! 💜 8mo
RamsFan1963 One of my all time favorites 8mo
MellieAntoinette @RamsFan1963 It‘s so interesting! And eerily reminiscent of the Titanic! 8mo
MellieAntoinette @RealBooks4ever I‘m surprised at how good! The writing is captivatingly poignant! 8mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“Before the ‘Titanic,‘ it was supposed these great ships were non-sinkable?”

“Who told you that?” Turner snapped. “Nobody I ever went to sea with proved it.”

Dammit! Way to ruin the ending Captain Turner! Ibid. ♥️ 👨‍✈️

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MellieAntoinette
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“You don‘t pay much attention to the construction of ships?

No, as long as they float; if they sink, I get out.”

Captain Turner at a deposition regarding the Titanic, April 1915, New York.

MellieAntoinette @CouronneDhiver Right! He‘s a hoot! 8mo
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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.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ashley31 Erik Larson is my jam. I love all of his books 💙 8mo
Jovy You had me at Scott Brick! ❤️ 8mo
sprainedbrain @Jovy he‘s awesome! 8mo
sprainedbrain @Ashley31 I‘ve loved both of the ones I‘ve read... so I‘m going to read the rest! 8mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“The essence of war is violence, and moderation in war is imbecility.” Adm. Jacky Fisher, Britain, 1914

Reviewsbylola I loved this one!! 9mo
MellieAntoinette @Reviewsbylola I‘m only 40 pages in but I love that it reads like a story! 9mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“These pistols are terrible things. They go off by themselves.” Henriette Caillaux 1914

🤣🤣😍 By far, the best defense plea ever!

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knotmagick
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Enjoying this way more than Devil in the White city.

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charl08

Took so long to get to the sinking, I was beyond tense.

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charl08
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Noooo! Don't take the rare books on the Lusitania....

Lauram I had the same reaction. 11mo
charl08 @Lauram and now the masterpieces in the hold. 11mo
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karasu13
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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!

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Tomigirl44
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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.

PacNWFem I SO enjoyed 'Dead Wake'. I came to his work after reading 'Devil and The White City' up on visiting Chicago. He tells a good tale using historical fact. 13mo
Tomigirl44 @PacNWFem I read Isaac‘s Storm recently (which had been on my shelf for years), but I only thought it was just “okay” :/ this one was much more captivating - the characters, subplot, time period - I‘m looking forward to his other books and I‘m curious as to what he‘s working on now. 13mo
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Tomigirl44
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Heartbreaking.