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Dead Wake - The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson

#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.

#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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

13h 5m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:46


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

37:18


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

49:10


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

29:17


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

37:22


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

21:33


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

30:24


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

38:31


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

06:36


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

13:44


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

15:34


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

08:28


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

13:23


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

01:02


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

13:10


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

16:43


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

06:18


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

05:05


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

20:04


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

06:59


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

01:58


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

03:34


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

02:36


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

18:43


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

08:05


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

07:00


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

00:35


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

05:20


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

10:20


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

07:44


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

07:31


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

03:54


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

07:49


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

09:39


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

01:36


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

24:09


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

03:36


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

18:50


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

13:24


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

01:33


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

25:52


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

00:59


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

11:19


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

01:34


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

23:57


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

00:27


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

06:50


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

11:27


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

19:14


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

05:22


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

12:04


Part 4, Chapter 51
Part 4, Chapter 51

35:04


Part 5, Chapter 52
Part 5, Chapter 52

28:32


Part 5, Chapter 53
Part 5, Chapter 53

40:51


Part 5, Chapter 54
Part 5, Chapter 54

23:31


Part 5, Chapter 55
Part 5, Chapter 55

00:28