Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania is by Erik Larson. Another wonderful book by Larson, the King of Nonfiction writing. This book looks at the sinking of the British liner Lusitania on May 1, 1915 by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. Of the 1962 passengers and crew, only 764 survived - 128 of the dead were Americans. The sinking of the Lusitania helped draw America into WWI. Larson also provides information on the German U-boat captain responsible for the disaster and the secret British intelligence unit who were tracking the U-boat but told no one. Larson brings history to life in a way few nonfiction writers are able to do. Along with all his novels, this book is A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended Read.
Ratings: 11th grade - 10 out of 10.