Dead Wake, Erik Larson


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  1. Stephanie M. Says:

    “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson tells a story of a maleficent steamship, the Lusitania. It was called the “magnificent ship” because the ship had a standing of seven stories from the dock to the bridge and filling the ship with coal at a rate of 140 tons a day while just standing still. This outstanding machinery of man’s inventions in shipbuilding was a commercial vessel that carried passengers and cargo. While some of Britain’s private steamships had been made for the war, the Lusitania had nothing to do whatsoever with the war or wartime skills. But, being a transportation over the oceans for passengers wasn’t just the reason why it became an important part of world history. Just like the Titanic before it, the Lusitania was considered to be “unsinkable.” It’s size alone was massive. Its physical image would scare off most warships that were smaller and barely faster than the steamship. The ship was fully capable of destroying smaller ships. While the Great War between Great Britain and Germany had been ongoing for years.

    My Evaluation for “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson would be that the book gives extraordinary details about how the ship came to be famous. Larson tells the story of the Lusitania and how its history is different in history books. It really takes back readers to World War I and how everything was like back in the 1900’s. It also brings readers into perception on how everything back then worked and how people had to live through World War I.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Lusitania, The Midnight Watch, Titanic

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