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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “More than a chronicle of the tragedy, this offers a penetrating look at the end of the Edwardian era.”


  • “The sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 has long existed in the shadow of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. To give the Lusitania its due, King and Wilson flesh out the history of the ship’s last voyage and the people who were a part of it. The account brims with rich detail about the ship itself…King and Wilson excel at capturing the horrors of the event…The ship was gone in eighteen minutes, but questions still linger…This is a solid, fascinating account of a ship, its passengers, and its terrible fate.‘

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Those curious about the aftermath of the Titanic disaster as well as maritime, military, or general history should be intrigued.”

    Library Journal

  • “[The] exploration of the facts surrounding the mystery is the primary pleasure of the book. Those who relish tales of the rich and famous will appreciate this book, but the real joy is in the authors’ detective work and attention to detail.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Johnny Heller delivers the stories of the rich and famous with the cadence and tone of a news anchor who is informing the world of the tragedy. Heller’s rhythmic style complements the book, which reads more like a novel than history. The richness of the text, as brought to life by Heller, makes this a worthwhile glimpse of a frequently overlooked chapter in history.”


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About the Author

Greg King is the author of a dozen books, including the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor and the internationally acclaimed The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and Resurrection of the Romanovs.