The Sinking of the "Lusitania"

The Sinking of the "Lusitania"

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On May 7th, 1915 a passenger ship crossing the Atlantic sank with the loss of 1200 lives. On board were some world-famous figures, including multimillionaire Alfred Vanderbilt. But this wasn't the Titanic and there was no iceberg. The liner was the Lusitania and it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. "The Sinking of the Lusitania" is the first book to look at the events in their full historical context. It is also the first to place the human dimension at its heart. Using first-hand accounts of the tragedy, Diana Preston brings the characters to life, recreating the splendour of the liner as it set sail and the horror of its final moments. Using British, American and German research material she answers many of the unanswered and controversial questions surrounding the Lusitania: why didn't Cunard listen to warnings that the ship would be a target of the Germans? Was the Lusitania sacrificed to bring the Americans into the War? What was really in the Lusitania's hold? Was she armed? Had Cunard's offices been infiltrated by German agents?And did the Kaiser's decision to cease unrestricted U-boat warfare in response to international outrage expressed after the sinking effectively change the outcome of the First World War? Highly readable and highly researched, "The Sinking of the Lusitania" casts dramatic new light on one of the world's most famous maritime disasters.
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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 055215461X
  • 9780552154611

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" Very good. . . . Preston has done an extraordinary amount of work, particularly in tracing the memories of survivors." - "Sunday Times" " It is not easy, nowadays, to write an original book on the First World War . . . but Preston has succeeded." - "Sunday Times"
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About Diana Preston

Diana Preston's most recent books are Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania (now also a major BBC1 drama documentary), A Pirate of Exquisite Mind, Before the Fall-Out (selected for the Samuel Johnson Prize longlist and winner of the LA Times Science and Technology Prize), and A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time: The Story of the Taj Mahal (hardback to be published in April 07). Her co-author is her husband Michael Preston, an historian and traveller.
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