In her riveting account of this enormous tragedy - which caused controversies that continue to this day - Diana Preston recalls both a pivotal moment in history and a remarkable human drama. With a historian's insight and a novelist's gift for characterization and detail, Preston re-creates the Lusitania's voyage through the eyes of those who experienced it. Passengers included the rich and the powerful and the rest of the human comedy: newlyweds and nursemaids, galley cooks and stokers, Quakers and cardsharks, ship's detectives and German stowaways. Drawing on a vast array of sources including letters and memoirs, Cunard and Admiralty archives, and previously untranslated German documents, Preston weaves their lives into her own dramatic narrative, giving this story a powerful immediacy.
Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy is also available in print from Walker & Company.
"A captivating and conscientious narrative...a brilliant account." (Booklist, starred review)
"Few popular historians can marshal facts and place them within their times as vividly as [Preston]." (Chicago Sun-Times)
This is a facinating book, filled with the drama of a war time tragedy, filled with human suffering and also of tragic errors that resulted in the loss of so many.
Narrated in a voice, tone and style that is not only easy to listen to - and that places further emphasis on the tragedy that unfolds, this is a must read, even for those otherwise not interested in historical events.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Highy inflated reviews. This is the Ann Landers version of the sinking. The author provides no analysis of information but instead dwells on the personal adpects of individuals involved in this tragic event. Certainly the horror of this early terrorist act is captured but there is no overarching theme to the book other than the human tragedy.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
Diana preston did an excellent job of capturing the fate of the Lusitania. I was not well informed of the disaster before listening to the book, but found myself fully engaged by the story line. Anne Twomey did a stellar job of narrating the book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
An interesting mix of historical info and drama. Worth the money
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Not as long as other accounts but good summary of the events surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania. I do wish audiobooks would learn NOT to play loud background music over the narrator's voice.