Review of Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson

This is one of the most popular history books of 2015 and I can see why.  Larson tells the story of the Lusitania in the same style as his earlier books.  The narrative bounces back and forth between many different perspectives; the German U-Boat Captain, the Captain of the Luistania, President Wilson, multiple passengers on the Lusitania, British government and intelligence officials, etc...  This style truly immerses the reader in the story and allows one to see all sides to the story.

 

The actual attack and sinking part of the story interested me the least in this book.  I most enjoyed the background stories of the passengers, the British and German governments' ideas on how to wage the war, and the aftermath and response to the sinking of the ship.  

 

I suppose I will pay this book the highest compliment by saying that it makes me want to read more about this time period.  Highly recommended.