On the hundredth 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.
The RMS Lusitania 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 the ocean liner left New York on its final voyage, it sailed from the new world to the old. Yet an encounter with a primitive German U-boat sent the vessel and its gilded passengers to their tragic deaths.
A hundred years after the sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was it carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard the Lusitania. 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. Download and start listening now!