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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 on the menu WWI is going on, yet the reader is given next to nothing pertaining to the major players in the respective governments involved Wilson, Churchill, Kaiser Wilhelm, their military brass and ambassadors flit in and out of the narrative like afterthoughts An unforgettable event condensed into a very forgettable book. I had a huge fascination for this ship, quite close to the one that I had with Titanic So after finally leaving the latter behind, I decided to quell my curiosity, and read the story of this ship, and how and why, she was attacked, as she was In the beginning, the book gave me a brief description of each passenger, and then of the voyage itself What shocked me however, was not the actions of the U boat captain, who torpedoed the ship but the captain, crew, and the Cunard company, that owned the Lusitania.This story was well worth the read, and if you do enjoy this type of historical fact, then please read it I highly recommend it. @DOWNLOAD E-PUB × Lusitania Ï 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 ILusitania 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 WarfareA 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 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 the era and so found much to enjoy in this information The knowledge of what is to befall all these people adds poignancy and an added grim fascination.The drama of the actual sinking is truly gripping and it really helped me to imagine the experience and terror of being torpedoed and then sunk, on a vessel that was ill prepared for such an eventuality The perfect storm of the Lusitania s captain, Turner, making a succession of inexplicable errors of judgement, Britain waiving the cruiser rules which made all liners liable to be torpedoed without warning by the enemy , and Germany s new U boats, all conspired to doom the Lusitania The story continues after the boat sinks and follows the survivors to Ireland and beyond, and also details how the lives of some of the survivors played out.It s an extraordinary tale and Greg King and Penny Wilson really do it justice in this engaging, thoroughly researched and well written account that personalises the tragedy whilst providing sufficient historical information to help the reader to view the tragedy within a broader historical context. I found this boring 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 the war zone in which lurked German U Boats On May 7, 1914 the commander of U 20 ordered the release of the torpedo that would send Lusitania to the bottom of the ocean within 15 minutes That event, however, just a little over a hundred years ago, comes at the midpoint of this engrossing little book.The authors begin the tale by setting the scene for us financially a good motor car that would cost 1000 then, would in today s dollars cost 23 000 They provide a cast of characters, whose names and personalities are very familiar to the reader by the time the first explosion that rocked them and their late lunch, with portholes open to allow the lovely Spring breeze to enter the elegant rooms under an almost cloudless blue, sun drenched sky eleven miles off the shores of Ireland.The writing s tone draws the reader into the early days of leisurely sailing with multiple changes of clothing, promenades and reading and lounging in deck chairs, writing letters, eating fabulous meals with strangers who become temporary friends, and following the social admonitions of Emily Post throughout Yet, for some, there is some apprehension the possibility of attack and the apparent lack of safety measures causing concern When the torpedo does come the reader, just as the passengers, experiences the shock, but disbelief that the ship will sink, through the fear, and panic and frantic reactions We are carried overboard to be pulled down in the ship s suction only to bounce up floating under an impossibly beautiful sky in freezing water Eventually, some are saved and the authors take us ashore with them to the little town of Queensland and the beach where those who died wash up.We are carried through the political manipulation of the story and then in an epilogue, we revisit the survivors to find what their lives became after the tragedy It is such a well written book that the story seems as current as any in this morning s newspapers The men and women and children the passengers the Captain and his officers on the Lusitania and even the Commander of the U Boat are three dimensional and real.Anyone who enjoys the stories of the Edwardian Age and all its apparent splendor, who is fascinated by the social and technological changes of the early 20th century and who is interested in great human tragedies will find this book extremely rewarding and a fast read It is, however, a book whose story lingers and brings home oncethe fact that all the money in the world cannot protect mere mortals from overwhelming events and that some of the poorest of the poor can manage to survive them.This was an Advance Uncorrected Proof that I received from BookBrowse to review While I enjoyed reading this book, I can honestly say it s not my favourite book on Lusitania It readslike 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 look at life on board during the crossing if you leave out a big chunk of people who were on the ship But all that being said, it was a readable account and for the most part a relaxing read Along with the usual passengers including in Lusitania books, Lady Mackworth, Avis Dolphin, Rita Jolivet and Alfred Vanderbilt there were people mentioned that I hadn t heard much of or didn t realize were on the ship, like one of Timothy Eaton s daughters and Lady Allan from one of the most powerful families in Montreal who had the Prime Minister inquiring if she survived the sinking It turns out Canada and Lusitania have a lot of connections Maybe someday someone will write their story as they did with the Titanic, or maybe they have and I just haven t found that book yet So overall a decent read, good if you want to hearabout the passengers, especially those in first and second class, but if you are looking for an in depth look into the disaster, and what led up to it, from the U 20, to the Admiralty and all the behind the scenes politics, then I suggest books like Wilful Murder, Seven Days to Disaster or Dead Wake instead. 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 to the sinking The extreme levels of detail about the people and the ship turns what should be an exciting book into a tedious slog I actually ended up skimming much of the book until we reached the sinking of theLusitania where things briefly picked up again Soon, the book was bogged down again with detail yet didn t really expand much on things I d learned in previously published books and a variety of documentaries This book is primarily useful in learning about the passengers not the sinking or the aftermath thereof. 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 that slow Under the Hague Convention, merchant ships could be stopped during the time of war and searched The submarine would surface give warning up to fire a shot across the bow The merchant ship would stop, perform no hostile act or run, and allow the search If nothing was found the ship would be free to go Otherwise, adequate time would be given for passengers to board lifeboats and the ship could be sunk Britain was the first country to break the Hague convention The admiralty told captains to run, or better ram submarines, if stopped Further, Britain created armed decoy ships These were merchant ships with hidden weapons When stopped by a German sub they opened fire Other captains would hoist a neutral flag and continue on Ships also hid their names to avoid identification In retaliation, Germany declared the British coast a war zone The Lusitania, itself, was officially registered as an auxiliary cruiser or armed merchant ship At the time of the sinking, the Lusitania was not flying a flag and the usually red smokestacks had been painted a military grey It was sunk without warning for the above reasons Had the Germans spent a bittime looking at the situation, the result may have been different, but it was war If the British had followed the Hague Convention, this result could also have been avoided Lusitania Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age is as much about an end of an era as it about the Lusitania It describes the Edwardian Era as the Indian Summer before the beginning of the war In modern terms, however, it was an era of the 1%ers Greg King uses recorded interviews and journal entries from mostly the first class passengers Some second class passengers are included too, but no third class since no one would have written about them and very few would have had any written record of the trip The book goes into personal stories of the passengers like the Alfred Vanderbilt and prominent Canadians like the Ryerson s are included There is even a tie in to the shootout at the OK Corral Included are many interesting stories of people on the Lusitania and a bit of the ship s history, but it is mostly a who s who of the ship s last voyage The reader will also becomethat familiar with the word gilded Gilded Age, gilded trim, gilded this and that Lusitania is an interesting book, but one that is not a typical history It s a history the E TV would have written The celebrities of the times written about with the backdrop of the war Entertaining and with some historical value. 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 by Greg King and Penny Wilson both individually and together so I was looking forward to reading this immensely and it did not disappoint Subtitled, Triumph, Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age, the authors attempt to concentrate on the human stories and follow several passengers mostly from First Class and some from Second Class their theory being they are better documented as well as Officers and Crew This is very much a depiction of the last voyage of Lusitania, rather than a book dwelling on conspiracy theories, although obviously reasons for the tragedy are discussed The list of passengers included the immensely wealthy, the famous, businessmen and those travelling to visit relatives injured in the first world war, or looking to undertake relief work Just a handful of passenger names include Josephine Brandell, an American opera singer, actress Rita Jollivet, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, Charles Frohman, a central name in the theatrical world, hotelier Albert Clay Bilicke and automobile manufacturer Charles Jeffery.The First World War started a year before Lusitania embarked on her last voyage, but America was unwilling to get embroiled in a European conflict and remained isolationist and neutral Three years before leaving New York, the Carpathia had docked with the survivors of Titanic now Lusitania was getting ready for her seven day voyage As well as certain passengers being warned not to sail, there was an ominous announcement in the newspapers, by the German embassy, warning that ships were liable to destruction in the waters around the British Isles Warnings were dismissed as propaganda and passengers reassured that the ship could outrun submarines and it was suggested that the Admiralty would provide protection once Lusitania reached dangerous waters However, the expected escort did not materialise as Lusitania approached the Irish coast and, indeed, neither was the ship was not going at full speed Still, ships had been torpedoed shortly before Lusitania sailed and, instances where ships had sailed under neutral flags and refused to heed warning shots, had led to the Germans seeing all ships as possible targets including those carrying civilians.It is obvious that, although most people thought it impossible that the ship would be attacked, there was a mood of nervousness and contemplation on board ship Many passengers were urged to put their financial affairs in order before sailing, some slept in staterooms or on deck as they neared the danger zone and others mentioned the air of tension among passengers Of course, much of this had to do with other matters the war had already affected many of the passengers lives in other ways, even before the sinking However, the authors paint a very detailed portrait of life on board and of many of the people sailing It is also obvious that little was done to protect the ship, regardless of the danger and the warnings Passengers who complained about the lack of information on what to do in an emergency such as lifeboat drills or even showing passengers how to put on their lifejackets were curtly informed it was not necessary, or fobbed off with assurances, or even warned to refrain from upsetting other passengers.When disaster did strike and a U boat torpedoed the ship, chaos ensued Lusitania sank swiftly and the crew were unprepared and often unhelpful Of course, Cunard had a crew of whoever they could find, as so many men were fighting in the war, so it is reasonable to say these were not of the standard the line would normally expect Still, some of the stories of crew threatening passengers, taking life jackets for themselves, being unable to successfully launch the lifeboats due to lack of knowledge, and of the lack of direction from Captain Turner, are shocking This book follows those passengers we have read about, after the sinking, and we discover what happened to them, the aftermath and the international condemnation that followed events This is a very interesting read the pages are populated with fascinating characters and it is dreadful to get nearer the point of the sinking and imagine what they went through The authors attempt to debunk some myths and look at the events of that time, and that era, through the eyes of the people involved An excellent book and highly recommended.