Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age

Lusitania Triumph Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age On the th Anniversary of its sinking King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania s glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I Lusitania S

  • Title: Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age
  • Author: Greg King Penny Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781250052544
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania s glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I.Lusitania She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian ErOn the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania s glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I.Lusitania She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the Twentieth Century When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old yet an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U Boat, sent her and her gilded passengers to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare.A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery Was she carrying munitions that exploded Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her Lives, relationships, and marriages ended in the icy waters off the Irish Sea those who survived were left haunted and plagued with guilt Now, authors Greg King and Penny Wilson resurrect this lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania s passengers Rarely was an era so glamorous rarely was a ship so magnificent and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats.

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    1. This is the third book I’ve read in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. If you’re asking, it wouldn’t be the first book I’d recommend. Nor would it be the second. If you asked me for a third option, I would change the subject in my typical fashion, by pointing at something behind you, and then running away. To clarify: The first book I’d recommend is Erik Larson’s Dead Wake. The second would be Diana Preston’s Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy. Both of the [...]

    2. Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King is another audiobook I took in this last week. The Lusitania has that mythical quality to it almost equal to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The sinking had vilified the Germans and has been credited for bringing the US into World War I. First the easy explanation, the sinking of the Lusitania happened May 7, 1915. The US did not enter the war for almost another two years; Government moves slowly, but not t [...]

    3. With the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania coming up in May 2015, there are a number of new books on the market; including “Dead Wake,” by Erik Larson (which I look forward to reading) and an excellent Kindle Single, “Act of War,” by Diana Preston and Michael Preston, which is a very good introduction to the subject. Previously, I had read, “Wilful Murder,” by Diana Preston and thought that also a very interesting read. However, I have to admit that I have long loved books [...]

    4. The extent to which you are likely to enjoy this book about the sinking of the Lusitania will largely depend upon your appetite for reading about the lives of the rich and privileged passengers who were aboard the vessel when she sank in May 1915. There were a lot of them, and authors Greg King and Penny Wilson spend the majority of the book providing details of their background, their lives and their intrigues, along with descriptions of the Lusitania's luxurious interiors. I am interested in t [...]

    5. Almost everyone in the world knows the story of the tragic collision of the Titanic and an iceberg in the North Atlantic. This is the story of an equally elegant ship populated by equally affluent and influential people sailing in unbelievable opulence in the opposite direction during a period when most of the Western world was at war. Here, then, is the Lusitania, the fastest ship on the seas, sailing under the guise of American neutrality from New York to Liverpool, through the Irish Sea and t [...]

    6. While I enjoyed reading this book, I can honestly say it's not my favourite book on Lusitania. It reads more like a social history with descriptions of many first class passengers and their daily lives on board in the days leading up to disaster. At times it felt like the book took a back seat to the descriptions of the life of rich and famous people in 1915. There was about a handful of second class passengers and no one from third class. I felt this left a bit of a void. You can't get a good l [...]

    7. Unlike the bulk of the King & Wilson collaborations I've read, Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age is extremely tedious. It's almost as if they did all this research into the people aboard, the event, and the ship then couldn't decide what parts to cut. Thus the book rambles a lot, giving us detailed biographies of what seems like every person in first class, called Saloon Class by Cunard, with occasional additions of second class passengers, before finally getting [...]

    8. Sorrowfully lacking in detail. Reads as if the authors hurriedly read it "there" and then put it "here", which would explain the bibliography and the sources, sans detailed notes. The passengers are all thrown into the mix much as they ended up in the water following the sinking; keeping them straight was a chore, which is beyond sad as this, after all, is their story. Very few photographs. No maps. No schematic of the ship's layout, yet scads of detail about period decor, fabrics and what was o [...]

    9. I won a copy of this book from . The majority of this book is spent on detailed descriptions of the first class deck and personal lives of the rich passengers on the last voyage of the Lusitania. A couple chapters deal with the sinking of the ship and addressing the political causes/results of the sinking. Most of the writing is a mentioning lots of names and personal histories that are difficult to keep straight and follow through the timeline of the book. I previously did not know about the si [...]

    10. We are nearing the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania and a plethora of new books are coming out. Two highly regarded historians, Greg King and Penny Wilson, have written an amazing true story of wealth and scandal set aboard the final voyage that ended in a huge loss of life.Focusing on the first class passengers, the authors use many rare accounts not normally seen in books to move the story along. They zero in on the intimate backgrounds and what brought them to be aboard the ill-fated [...]

    11. This book tells the story of the maritime disaster of the sinking of the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner torpedoed by a German u-boat in 1915, a few years after the sinking of the Titanic. Don't know why, but I am fascinated by tragedies. Perhaps it's in reading of the depravity of mankind in instigating a tragedy or the heroism of mankind in a tragedy's aftermath. Probably both. Though I've recently become somewhat desensitized to how awful humans can treat other humans (it now happens so frequ [...]

    12. The story of the Lusitania is very similar to the Titanic in that a luxury ship meets an ghastly human tragedy with the exception that the Titanic hit an iceberg, while the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-Boat during World War I. While this book delves into the various theories surrounding the mystery of the Lusitania's sinking, the real strength of this book comes from Greg King laying out the real clash of civilizations that the event itself brought into focus. On one hand, you have this [...]

    13. 1915 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania passenger ship during World War I. Erik Larson's book "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" has received the lion's share of attention, but this title also showed up on the New shelf. To compare the two:--Larson's is better written.--Larson has much more on the political and military background and ramifications. He selects just a few passengers and crew to highlight and focuses on them throughout. King and Wilson primarily [...]

    14. Germany and England are already embroiled in World War I and German U Boats are patrolling the sea. But on the luxury liner Lusitania a first class passenger can still enjoy the excess of the Edwardian Era.The early chapters of Lusitania are fascinating. The reader becomes immersed in the era and the lifestyles of the rich and famous traveling on the boat. I was thoroughly intrigued by the information and history of the liner and the warnings from the Germans regarding travel through the war zon [...]

    15. Evaluation based on advanced readers' copy. The book is merely OK. I did not find any new insights. The depictions of the first and second class passengers was moderately interesting, as was the epilogue about the survivors' lives after the sinking. Regretfully for the publisher and authors, readers are likely to attracted to Larson's book on the same topic.

    16. Overshadowed by the Titanic disaster this tells of the tragedy that befell the Lusitania one hundred years ago this year. As with the author's other works this is a well written book that I was looking forward to reading and I was not dissapointed when I did.

    17. Take any issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Put all of the subjects in a ship and sink it 11 miles off of the Irish coast in 1915, Lusitania.

    18. The Lusitania was a pretty good book where the focus was more on the 1st and 2nd class passengers and their lives and experiences within the background of the ship sailing to her doom.The book starts on the day that the Lusitania begins her return voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. There was an ad placed by the German embassy in Washington D.C. in papers in New York warning people to not sail on a vessel that belonged to the British government as there was a war between Germany and Great Britain. [...]

    19. What I will say about this book is that the research involved seems exhausting, and I definitely appreciate the effort the author (or someone else) clearly put into gathering it. However, it also makes the book kind of boring. Maybe it's because I listened to it at work in a half-asleep state, but it was pretty hard to get through the infinity chapters detailing the backgrounds of the rich, society-type passengers. It might have been cool, if it wasn't so hard to follow. In trying to be thorough [...]

    20. This is nonfiction and as the title suggests, it is supposed to be about the Lusitania and its tragic demise. But if, in fact, you wanted that book, this one is not that. However, if you wanted a book about every person aboard, every one who knew knew anyone aboard, then this book is for you. It covered so much detail about the people: sexual preferences, clothing, makeup, cigarettes, cigars, whiskey, champagne, jobs, schools, marriages, children, affluence, etc. This info infiltrated this whole [...]

    21. This is a story that, like the Titanic, will stay forever with me. I don't know why the story of Titanic always got more hype when this story of the Lusitania. It was just as horrific and devastating. The loss of life of almost 1200 people and only less that 800 people surviving was shameful. Especially since just 3 years before when the Titanic sank we didn't learn a thing about life boats. What's even sadder is the deliberate attack on this ship. I liked the way the reader told a short biograp [...]

    22. The subject matter was interesting and the book caught my interest at first, but soon lost it. There was an over abundance of biographical sketches of the first class passengers throughout the book with awkward transitions between them and details about the story of the Lusitania itself. I need to find another book on the Lusitania.

    23. Audio Book: reader's voice made me very sleepy--not one to listen to while driving. Extensive research and details about the wealthy passengers on the Lusitania. Even though this tragedy happened several years after Titanic, the captain and crew could have done much to avoid and/or mitigate this sinking.

    24. Good overall look at the great liner's passengersAn interesting look at the passengers of the great ship's last fateful voyage. Not a detailed autopsy of the event but a thoughtful exploration of the lives of its passengers.

    25. I would actually give this book 4.5 stars. My only complaint was that it was very hard to read when there is a lot of noise around, but that is really not the author's fault. The subject is just so heavy and loaded with complications that trying to read it while there is a lot going on externally is super challenging. Aside from that minor point, I thought that it was superbly written! I appreciated the unique construction of the book, in that King gives detailed accounts of the lives of many fi [...]

    26. Very interesting book. I learned a lot about what happened. Tons of information, but too many people to keep tract of who was who. Glad I read this book.

    27. Now, this is just what the shipwreck-fanatic ordered: another up-close and personal look at the 1915 Lusitania disaster from the perspective of the people on board. Although Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Era is not as poignant as Erik Larson’s Dead Wake, Greg King and Penny Wilson still hit it out of the park, at least for this shipwreck aficionado, in their coverage of the doomed ocean liner’s final voyage in early May 1915.And the two authors do that by explorin [...]

    28. The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania has just passed. As a result of this anniversary, there are several new books on the topic. I chose to read this one by Greg King and Penny Wilson. Well, I think I made the wrong choice. This book was so tedious; it was a chore to read. I had to read through just over half of the book before the torpedo hit. So what was in that first half? There were a couple of interesting facts. First, there were warnings from the German embassy in Washingt [...]

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