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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Preston Narrator: Michael Tudor Barnes Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On May 7th, 1915 a passenger ship crossing the Atlantic sank with the loss of 1200 lives. On board were some world-famous figures, including multimillionaire Alfred Vanderbilt. But this wasn't the Titanic and there was no iceberg. The liner was the Lusitania and it was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

Wilful Murder is the hugely compelling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. The first book to look at the events in their full historical context, it is also the first to place the human dimension at its heart. Using first-hand accounts of the tragedy Diana Preston brings the characters to life, recreating the splendour of the liner as it set sail and the horror of its final moments. Using British, American and German research material she answers many of the unanswered and controversial questions surrounding the Lusitania: why didn't Cunard listen to warnings that the ship would be a target of the Germans? Was the Lusitania sacrificed to bring the Americans into the War? What was really in the Lusitania's hold? Was she armed? Had Cunard's offices been infiltrated by German agents? And did the Kaiser's decision to cease unrestricted U-boat warfare in response to international outrage expressed after the sinking effectively change the outcome of the First World War?

Highly readable, highly researched Wilful Murder casts dramatic new light on one of the world's most famous maritime disasters.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen | 10/27/2011

    " This puts the sinking into historical perspective by explaining the politics that shaped pre-WWI Europe and the political maneuverings that followed. After reading this book I am convinced I would rather have taken my chances on the Titanic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lady of the Lake | 6/6/2011

    " A great story. With so much fame given to the horror of the Titanic this ship has been overlooked and is not nearly A's well known! This book filled in all the missing info in my brain...and did it well. I am very glad that i have read this book is now in my library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 11/7/2010

    " Absolutely brilliant book about the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915. Moving, tragic and beautifully written the book examines the aftermath of the sinking and how it affected the war. History at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen | 9/19/2008

    " This puts the sinking into historical perspective by explaining the politics that shaped pre-WWI Europe and the political maneuverings that followed. After reading this book I am convinced I would rather have taken my chances on the Titanic. "

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