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Dead Wake (The last crossing of the Lusitania) by Erik Larson.

In January we will read and discuss Dead Wake (The last crossing of the Lusitania) by Erik Larson.

On May 1, 1915 with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner , as richly appointed as an English country house, sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. It was carrying a record number of children and infants. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's greatest transatlantic "greyhounds" - the fastest liner in service - and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game. As the Lusitania made her way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and small - hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret and more - all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.


We will meet at the home of Jill Mountan on Monday, January 16th at 10:00am

Our discussion will be followed by lunch prepared by the hostess.

For more information about the Book Club please contact Mary Louise Selzer at or 363-1618. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:00 followed by lunch.