Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson There have been many books written about the sinking of the Lusitania, but you've probably never read it in the manner presented by Larson. He gives voice (and flesh) to many of the souls who sailed on that last voyage in 1915. The events that led to the sinking were 'incredible', to say the least. For me, it was surreal, to read about all the confluence of circumstance and timing, which ultimately led to the outcome of that fateful trip.

Larson is very thorough in the depiction of this event, disclosing German and British wartime information, and resulting military actions. There is even a foray into the personal life of Woodrow Wilson, then President of the United States of America, who staunchly refused to be drawn into the war.

It's a historical account which reads like fiction, so it's not dry or boring -- if that's what puts you off reading non-fiction books about war and its consequences. Even knowing beforehand that the torpedoing of the Lusitania resulted in the loss of almost 2,000 lives, reading this brings it all into stark reality -- 100 years after the fact.