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Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson 1954-

First edition.. 2015

Available at UDM McNichols Campus Library  UDM McNichols Library Stacks  (D 592 .L8 L28 2015 )()

  • Title:
    Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania
  • Author: Erik Larson 1954-
  • Description: Mining suspense -- A word from the captain -- "Bloody monkeys" -- Jump rope and caviar -- Dead wake -- The black soul -- The sea of secrets -- Epilogue: personal effects.
    On May 1, 1915, 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 anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" 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. He knew, moreover, that his ship -- the fastest then in service -- could outrun any threat. 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.
  • Local Note: acq2015enl
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers
  • Format: 430 pages : map ; 25 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780307408860 (hardcover);ISBN 0307408868 (hardcover);ISBN 9780307408877 (pbk.);ISBN 0307408876 (pbk.)
  • Subjects: Lusitania (Steamship); World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, German; Shipping -- Government policy -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century; 1900 - 1999; Case studies; History
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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