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Dead Wake

Author : Erik Larson
ISBN : 9780553446753
Genre : History
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#1 New York Times Bestseller From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On 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.

Dead Wake By Erik Larson

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Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of Dead Wake- Summary of entire book- Introduction to the Important People in the book- Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style.

Dead Wake By Erik Larson A 15 Minute Summary Analysis

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Dead Wake by Erik Larson | A 15-minute Summary & Analysis Preview: Dead Wake by Erik Larson is a non-fiction account of the German Unterseeboot, or U-boat, sinking of Lusitania, a British merchant vessel belonging to Cunard Line, on May 7, 1915 and its aftermath. On the night of May 6, 1915, Captain William Thomas reassured the passengers in the first-class lounge as the ship approached the ‘area of war’ off the southern coast of Ireland. The Great War, later known as World War I, had been raging in France since July 28, 1914 following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. In August of 1914, President Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Ellen, died of Bright’s disease. Her death left Wilson grief stricken. Two days before her death, Britain entered the war in Europe. Wilson chose to keep America neutral in the war and refused to allow British and German warships to enter US ports. In September of 1914, German submarines… PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of Dead Wake • Summary of entire book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style


Author : Willi Jasper
ISBN : 9780300224245
Genre : History
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A fascinating reassessment of a turning point in the First World War, revealing its role in shaping the German psyche On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania, a large British luxury liner, was sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coast. Nearly 1,200 people, including 128 American citizens, lost their lives. The sinking of a civilian passenger vessel without warning was a scandal of international scale and helped precipitate the United States’ decision to enter the conflict. It also led to the immediate vilification of Germany. Though the ship’s sinking has preoccupied historians and the general public for over a century, until now the German side of the story has been largely untold. Drawing on varied German sources, historian Willi Jasper provides a comprehensive reappraisal of the sinking and its aftermath that focuses on the German reaction and psyche. The attack on the Lusitania, he argues, was not simply an escalation of violence but signaled a new ideological, moral, and religious dimension in the struggle between German Kultur and Western civilization.

The Great War In America World War I And Its Aftermath

Author : Garrett Peck
ISBN : 9781681779447
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A chronicle of the American experience during World War I and the unexpected changes that rocked the country in its immediate aftermath—the Red Scare, race riots, women’s suffrage, and Prohibition. The Great War’s bitter outcome left the experience largely overlooked and forgotten in American history. This timely book is a reexamination of America’s first global experience as we commemorate World War I's centennial. The U.S. had steered clear of the European conflagration known as the Great War for more than two years, but President Woodrow Wilson reluctantly led the divided country into the conflict with the goal of making the world “safe for democracy.” The country assumed a global role for the first time and attempted to build the foundations for world peace, only to witness the experience go badly awry and it retreated into isolationism. Though overshadowed by the tens of millions of deaths and catastrophic destruction of World War II, the Great War was the most important war of the twentieth century. It was the first continent-wide conflagration in a century, and it drew much of the world into its fire. By the end of it, four empires and their royal houses had fallen, communism was unleashed, the map of the Middle East was redrawn, and the United States emerged as a global power – only to withdraw from the world’s stage. The Great War is often overlooked, especially compared to World War II, which is considered the “last good war.” The United States was disillusioned with what it achieved in the earlier war and withdrew into itself. Americans have tried to forget about it ever since. The Great War in America presents an opportunity to reexamine the country’s role on the global stage and the tremendous political and social changes that overtook the nation because of the war.

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Dead Wake: by Erik Larson | Summary & Analysis A Smarter You In 15 Minutes... What is your time worth? "Dead Wake" is Erik Larson's account of events surrounding the last voyage of the liner, Lusitania. The basic story is well known. Lusitania sailed from New York on 1st May, 1915 bound for Liverpool. On 7th May, 12 miles off the southern Irish coast she was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank with the loss of 1198 civilian lives, many of them American. Larson explores the military and political background to the attack. He asks questions and supplies possible answers which, where they cannot be proved, do at least make sense. The rules of war were being changed by events. Prior to May 1916, naval warfare was a gentlemanly affair with passenger ships allowed to pass unmolested and cargo ships subject to search but not sinking, at least not without first removing the crew. Germany was intent on changing all that. Erik Larson explains why and addresses other questions. Why did the ship sail at all when the Admiralty was fully aware of the U-Boat threat to ships approaching the British Isles? Lusitania was the fastest ship afloat, nothing could catch her and her owners and her Master, Captain Turner, believed that her speed alone would keep Lusitania safe from the U-Boat's torpedoes. Walther Schwieger, captain of U20, knew better! Why did the Admiralty not provide a Naval escort through these dangerous waters? Was it really a political ploy? Did the British Government of the day consider that if harm should befall Lusitania and her many American passengers, America would be more likely to enter the war against Germany? Larson examines this long held suspicion. Detailed overview of the book Most valuable lessons and information Key Takeaways and Analysis Take action today and grab this best selling book for a limited time discount of only $6.99! Written by Elite Summaries Please note: This is a detailed summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. keyword: Dead Wake, Dead Wake book, Dead Wake by erik larson, Dead Wake kindle, Dead Wake paperback, Erik Larson, dead wake erik larson, dead wake the last crossing of the lusitania, dead wake larson

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