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Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy


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On 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.


is the remarkable story of the fate of the Lusitania by the award-winning author of The Boxer Rebellion.


A human drama from a pivotal moment in history, this the remarkable story of the fate of the "Lusitania" by the award-winning author of "The Boxer Rebellion."


Includes bibliographical references (p. [502]-510) and index.

About the Author

Diana Preston is the author of The Boxer Rebellion; A First Rate Tragedy; and The Road to Culloden Moor.

Table of Contents

Lusitania Prologue

Part One: Troubled Waters

One: A Scrap of Paper

Two: The Weapon of the Weaker Nation

Three: More Beautiful Than Solomon's Temple

Four: Gott Strafe England!

Five: The American Armory

Part Two: Final Crossing

Six: The Warning

Seven: Leaving Harbor

Eight: The Ostrich Club

Nine: Fellow Passengers

Ten: Inside the U-20

Eleven: "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes"

Twelve: Into the War Zone

Thirteen: "Suppose They Should Sink the Lusitania?"

Part Three: An Ocean Red with Blood

Fourteen: "My God, We Are Lost"

Fifteen: "Come at Once!"

Sixteen: A Bizarre Orchestra of Death

Seventeen: Wave upon Wave

Eighteen: A Long Lingering Moan

Nineteen: Rescues and Recoveries

Twenty: The Town of the Dead

Twenty-one: A Sad and Horrible Task

Part Four: "Remember the Lusitania!"

Twenty-two: The Hun's Most Ghastly Crime

Twenty-three: Fool or Traitor?

Twenty-four: No Longer Neutral Spectators

Twenty-five: German Agents Are Everywhere

Twenty-six: The Kaiser's Business Only

Twenty-seven: "That Story Is Forever Disposed Of"

Twenty-eight: Diving into the Wreck

Part Five: Wilful Murder?

Twenty-nine: A Legitimate Target

Thirty: Harm's Way

Thirty-one: Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

Thirty-two: The U-Boat Diary

Thirty-three: A New Barbarism


Appendix A: The Lusitania in Facts and Figures

Appendix B: A Technical Account of the Sinking


Notes and Sources


Art Credits


Product Details

Preston, Diana
Berkley Publishing Group
Preston, Diane
New York
Maritime History
Military - World War I
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
World War, 1914-1918
Military - General
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States.
Lusitania (steamship)
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
9 x 6.06 x 1.16 in 1.24 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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