Dead wake the last crossing of the lusitania is a surprisingly well crafted re telling of a known event despite knowing the outcome the loss of nearly 1200 souls at the hands of a german u boat in the spring of 1917 larson keeps pulling the reader along. With his latest work dead wake the last crossing of the lusitania erik larson has proven that he is one of those few talented authors who can tell such a story a story of tragedy and loss and do it in such a way that for a few seconds the reader almost believes that it might end differently. Dead wake the last crossing of the lusitania by erik larson is a poignant dramatized story of the sinking of the lusitania of ww1 this vivid drama gives not only the historical details of this pivotal event but the emotional behind the scenes drama that you will not read in history books. Dead wake the last crossing of the lusitania is a 2015 new york times non fiction bestseller written by author erik larson the book looks at the sinking of lusitania during world war i and the events surrounding the sinking. The lusitania leaving new york 1 may 1915 six days later she sank in 18 minutes after being torpedoed by a german submarine photograph bettmann corbis on 7 may 1915 the cunard liner lusitania
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