Erik Larson – Dead Wake

Erik Larson continues his series of historical “novels” with Dead Wake, the Last Crossing of the Lusitania. I use the term “novel” but it is strictly non fiction — written with a novel’s colorful narrative . Larson goes so far as to assure you that any dialogue that appears between quotation marks is directly from testimony or memoirs written by the principals. Immensely entertaining, it explodes many of our high school history class myths about the period prior to America’s entry into the First World War. Contrasts to today’s political climate are obvious. Larson’s writing is crisp and informative throughout without being boring, dry or pedantic. Our chat illustrates his mastery of the subject.

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