Book Review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson


Author: Erik Larson
TitleDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Narrator: Scott Brick
Publication Info: New York, New York : Random House Audio, 2015.
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Summary/Review:

In typical Larson fashion, he crafts the story of the final voyage of the Lusitania and it’s aftermath drawing heavily on primary documents.  Larson moves among telling the detailed experiences of the crew and passengers of the ill-fated ship, the captain and crew of the U-20, the U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, and the British intelligence team known as Room 40.  The Wilson stuff seems a bit tangential (although still interesting) but overall this is an engaging history from multiple perspectives of a key event that often gets summed up in just a few sentences.

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Rating: ***1/2