‘Dead Wake’: page-turning tale of the Lusitania’s last days | Book review

In “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” nonfiction master Erik Larson uses many threads to weave the narrative of the last days of the passengers and crew of the Lusitania, before its shocking sinking by a German submarine.

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