Dead Wake - Erik Larson

Dead Wake

By Erik Larson

  • Release Date: 2015-03-10
  • Genre: Military
  • Book: Dead Wake
Dead Wake book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 870 Ratings)

Dead Wake Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Dead Wake is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

User reviews about the book

  • Well told and I learned a lot

    5
    By Conlippert
    Great writing and although everyone knows the ending the book keeps your interest. Personal stories from the survivors and perpetrators included.
  • Highly recommend

    5
    By Pilgrim80
    Great pace and just the right amount of detail. The sinking of the Lusitania had been just another detail of US History; this book provided so much useful backstory. This is a fast and engaging read.
  • Excellent read.

    5
    By Jerrickh
    Another meticulous and captivating read from one of the best authors in this genre. If you liked devil in the white city, read this. If you haven't read either - read both.
  • Dead wake

    4
    By Lazen$$&
    Good read
  • I can't wait for his next book.

    5
    By Coto jeff
    Like all of his previous books, Dead Wake keeps you turning pages way past normal sleeping time. Many new facts come to life that I had never heard or read. I can not wait to see what his next subject(s) will be.
  • A must read

    5
    By Terapintpaf
    Not being a non-fiction fan I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
  • Dead Wake

    5
    By 179Ted
    One of the most special characters was Captain Turner. I found him , at time being written as very rough and unfriendly, as a very warm and brave person. I feel that in the 18 minutes, of the sinking, that with his orders and calmness , in this terrifying situation, saved many lives. I was not surprised by the actions of the Admiralty. They were, as are officials, in the United States, really trying to cover their own huge mistakes. As a history and government major, I found this book , very accurate and historically correct. I fully annoyed reading this work. I truthfully found it difficult to lay it down. I wanted to continue really without stopping. I found Eric Larson,to be an excellent writer and look forward to read his other works
  • SUPERBLY RESEARCHED, FASCINATINGLY TOLD

    5
    By Rickieeeep
    Eric Larson has compiled a gripping account of intrigue, drama, heartbreak, suspense and tragedy in a personalized narrative that takes the reader into the hearts and lives of its characters. This is a ' must read' story.
  • Learned some history

    4
    By Ala Mode76
    I had known some events of sunken boats precipitated U.S. involvement in WWI. This story helped see the two year gap between those events. Good read.
  • Amazing story

    5
    By RoughdraftDC
    Dead Wake shows what historian/writers can achieve at their height. Like Tuchman or McCullough, Larson finds both the fact and the humanity. He can explain *just enough* about buoyancy while firing a torpedo or pressurized steam coming into contact with cold water. He can introduce us to a family without being maudlin, and insert a bit of humor without breaking the narrative (particularly when qouting someone who loves exclamation marks!!!). He also shows the fallabality of “history’s greats” and the greatness of ordinary people.

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