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Well told and I learned a lot
Great writing and although everyone knows the ending the book keeps your interest. Personal stories from the survivors and perpetrators included.
Great pace and just the right amount of detail. The sinking of the Lusitania had been just another detail of US History; this book provided so much useful backstory. This is a fast and engaging read.
Another meticulous and captivating read from one of the best authors in this genre. If you liked devil in the white city, read this. If you haven't read either - read both.
I can't wait for his next book.
By Coto jeff
Like all of his previous books, Dead Wake keeps you turning pages way past normal sleeping time. Many new facts come to life that I had never heard or read. I can not wait to see what his next subject(s) will be.
A must read
Not being a non-fiction fan I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
One of the most special characters was Captain Turner. I found him , at time being written as very rough and unfriendly, as a very warm and brave person. I feel that in the 18 minutes, of the sinking, that with his orders and calmness , in this terrifying situation, saved many lives.
I was not surprised by the actions of the Admiralty. They were, as are officials, in the United States, really trying to cover their own huge mistakes.
As a history and government major, I found this book , very accurate and historically correct. I fully annoyed reading this work. I truthfully found it difficult to lay it down. I wanted to continue really without stopping.
I found Eric Larson,to be an excellent writer and look forward to read his other works
SUPERBLY RESEARCHED, FASCINATINGLY TOLD
Eric Larson has compiled a gripping account of intrigue, drama, heartbreak, suspense and tragedy in a personalized narrative that takes the reader into the hearts and lives of its characters. This is a ' must read' story.
Learned some history
By Ala Mode76
I had known some events of sunken boats precipitated U.S. involvement in WWI. This story helped see the two year gap between those events. Good read.
Dead Wake shows what historian/writers can achieve at their height. Like Tuchman or McCullough, Larson finds both the fact and the humanity. He can explain *just enough* about buoyancy while firing a torpedo or pressurized steam coming into contact with cold water. He can introduce us to a family without being maudlin, and insert a bit of humor without breaking the narrative (particularly when qouting someone who loves exclamation marks!!!). He also shows the fallabality of “history’s greats” and the greatness of ordinary people.