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    DescriptionOn May 7, 1915, toward the end of her 101st eastbound crossing, from New York to Liverpool, England, R.M.S. Lusitania -- pride of the Cunard Line and one of the greatest ocean liners afloat -- became the target of a terrifying new weapon and a casualty of a terrible new kind of war. Sunk off the southern coast of Ireland by a torpedo fired from the German submarine U-20, she exploded and sank in eighteen minutes, taking with her some twelve hundred people, more than half of the passengers and crew. Cold-blooded, deliberate, and unprecedented in the annals of war, the sinking of the Lusitania shocked the world. It also jolted the United States out of its neutrality -- 128 Americans were among the dead -- and hastened the nation's entry into World War I. In her account of this enormous and controversial tragedy, Diana Preston recalls both a pivotal moment in history and a remarkable human drama. The story of the Lusitania is a window on the maritime world of the early twentieth century: the heyday of the luxury liner, the first days of the modern submarine, and the climax of the decades-long German-British rivalry for supremacy of the Atlantic. It is a criticalchapter in the progress of World War I and in the political biographies of Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan, Kaiser Wilhelm II, andFirst Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. Above all, it is the story of the passengers and crew on that fateful voyage -- a story of terror and cowardice, of self-sacrifice and heroism, of death and miraculous survival.

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    An Epic Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diana Preston
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780425189986
    ISBN 10: 0425189988

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    DC21: 940.4514
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS027150, HIS027090
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    BISAC V2.8: TRA006010
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    LC classification: D592.L8 P74 2003
    Thema V1.0: NHWR5, WGG
    Edition statement
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Publication date
    06 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Unforgettable...the definitive account of the Lusitania." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "As majestic as its subject...extraordinarily readable." --Chicago Sun Times "Broad in scope and rich in devastating detail." --New York Magazine "Tugs at the emotions...substantial and colorful." --The Washington Post Book World "Compelling and comprehensive." --The Wall Street Journal