With all the historical information, the author does an excellent job introducing characters such as Captain Turner of the Lusitania, the German Captain Schwieger, and many passengers and President Woodrow Wilson. There is intrigue about the British Room 40, the secret decoders a system which was kept fully secret. I had thought and recalled that the sinking of the Lusitania immediately drove President Wilson to enter WWI when actually the US did not enter the war for another two years.
|Erik Larson, author|
Near the end page 326 takes the reader down the lane of "what ifs", "if only ....Captain Turner had not had to wit the extra two hours for the transfer of passengers from the Cameronia he likely would have passed Schwieger in the fog, when the U-20 was submerged and on its way home. ...More importantly had Turner not been compelled to shut down the fourth boiler room....."
I give this the full 5*****. Another excellent example of why historical nonfiction, properly researched and presented by a good author is my preference in reading.