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 We are nearly at the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.  I would like to recommend Dead Wake by Erik Larson which goes into the background of many of the passengers and crew of the Lusitania under the command of Captain William Thomas Turner as well as the German submarine U-20 under the command of Kapitanleutnant Walther Schwieger.  She was torpedoed a little after 2 in the afternoon of May 7, 2015 and sank in 18 minutes.


This is a non-fiction work but nearly reads like a novel.  Mr. Larson has done his homework and written a book that is not to be missed.   I could go on for a long time on this book but suffice it to say that it is "must read" for anyone with any interest in maritime history, the history of WWI, or history in general for that matter. 



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I recently finished Dead Wake. As mentioned, it is very readable and well researched. It amazed me that, had one of many factors been slightly different, the sinking might well have been avoided. And, before reading this volume, I knew nothing about Room 40, the WWI equivalent of Bletchley Park. 


Highly recommended. Thanks you for bringing this book to our attention, Allan.

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