Review of Dead Wake

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In his incredible best-seller, Dead Wake, Erik Larson gives a riveting account of the sinking of the Lusitania, the luxury liner which made its ill-fated voyage from New York to Liverpool in the midst of U-boat infested waters. Using diaries, journals, and eye-witness testimony from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the perpetrator submarine itself, Larson weaves a true tale of tragedy that led to America’s entrance into World War I.

Far from a dry narrative taken from a textbook, Dead Wake maintains historical accuracy but reads like a novel. It is well-written and impeccably researched by a gifted story-teller. This account is more than just facts. It is about the lives of people from every walk of life who are thrown into chaos by a cataclysmic event. History fans will devour every single page of Dead Wake, while those who are new to the genre will be introduced to the way History should be written. I cannot recommend Dead Wake highly enough.


About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents and three dogs, Charlie, Roscoe and Daisy.
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