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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

 Author: Erik Larson  Category: History  Published: January 1, 2015  Language: English  File Size: 2.5 MB  Tags: AmericanBiographyHistoricalHistoryNonfictionWarWorld War I |  Download PDF


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, is a dramatic & captivating account of the sinking of the Lusitania sailing from New York to Liverpool in May 1915 & sunk almost by accident just short of its destination, with the loss of over 1000 lives, though over 700 survived.

It follows the Lusitania’s final journey, which took place during the first week of May 1915. One year prior, World War-I breaks out in Europe, and Germany aggressively seeks to expand its power by invading and conquering France. The conflict quickly splits into two sides.

Famous Quotes:

In a single moment, the world had witnessed a preview of what would become a terrifying new normal.

The truth is seldom pure and never simple.

Now I perceive the devil understands Welsh.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Do I dare disturb the universe?

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

Every human has their blind spots; we only see what we want to see.

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

In a moment of decision, the best thing we can do is the right thing.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience.

Life is a journey that must be traveled, no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.

The sea is a cruel mistress, and she shows no mercy to those who dare defy her.

Remember, remember, that your personal character is your most precious possession.

Literary awards:

  • Washington State Book Award for Nonfiction (2016)
  • ¬†Goodreads Choice Award for History & Biography (2015)
  • Long Island Reads¬†(2017)