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Deathly Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. 

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. 

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2015: On May 1st, 1915 the Lusitania set sail on its final voyage. That it was sunk by a German U-boat will be news to few—and Larson’s challenge is to craft a historical narrative leading up to the thrilling, if known, conclusion, building anticipation in his readers along the way. To his credit, he makes the task look easy. Focusing on the politics of WWI, on nautical craftsmanship and strategy, and on key players in the eventual attack and sinking of the “fast, comfortable, and beloved” Lusitania, Larson once again illustrates his gift for seducing us with history and giving it a human face. Dead Wake puts readers right aboard the famous Cunard liner and keeps them turning the pages until the book’s final, breathless encounter. – Chris Schluep

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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels.

But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror. Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: In the Garden of Beasts is a vivid portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, brought to life through the stories of two people: William E. Dodd, who in 1933 became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime, and his scandalously carefree daughter, Martha. Ambassador Dodd, an unassuming and scholarly man, is an odd fit among the extravagance of the Nazi elite. His frugality annoys his fellow Americans in the State Department and Dodd’s growing misgivings about Hitler’s ambitions fall on deaf ears among his peers, who are content to “give Hitler everything he wants.” Martha, on the other hand, is mesmerized by the glamorous parties and the high-minded conversation of Berlin’s salon society—and flings herself headlong into numerous affairs with the city’s elite, most notably the head of the Gestapo and a Soviet spy. Both become players in the exhilarating (and terrifying) story of Hitler’s obsession for absolute power, which culminates in the events of one murderous night, later known as “the Night of Long Knives.” The rise of Nazi Germany is a well-chronicled time in history, which makes In the Garden of Beasts all the more remarkable. Erik Larson has crafted a gripping, deeply-intimate narrative with a climax that reads like the best political thriller, where we are stunned with each turn of the page, even though we already know the outcome. --Shane Hansanuwat

BV studies Buda building - Bureau County Republican

According to interim Superintendent Eric Lawson in his superintendent's report, he was made aware by district personnel of some additional deterioration in the west and east towers of the school. Last fall, just a week before school was set to begin, structural problems in the east tower caused the district to close that section of the building, however, students and staff still occupy the west tower. Lawson said Stephen Nelson, the district's architect from the Larson Darby Group, was contacted. On Tuesday morning, Lawson, Nelson, along with BV Maintenance Director Steven Foster and board members Matt Wiggim and Don King toured the building. West tower. • There is still plaster powdering off the wall, and the brick is significantly deteriorating along the west wall storage room on the lower level in the west tower. While some cracking in the plaster was found in the surrounding walls, the architect said it appears to be mostly from water damage and minor settlement, noting the situation looked no worse than it had on his previous visit. Nelson suggested the situation continue to be monitored, and said with a wet spring, accelerated deterioration is likely to occur. • Nelson found some settlement cracking that is evident on the exterior west facade of the west tower. • There is significant settlement cracking on the exterior of the east facade of the west tower, which is located directly above the lower entry door into the coal room. • The maintenance staff noted they regularly get water in the coal room of the west tower, but it is coming from the interior of the building. East tower. • In the northwest corner of the east tower by the lower door into the old boiler room, the cracking and separation appears to have increased. • The lower base level of the west wall of the east tower is continuing to bow outward. • Significant settlement cracking along the south face of the building toward the west corner and around the base of the entry on the southwest corner was noted. • The east tower has utilities shut off. The board decided to move the fencing further out around the east tower, which keeps the public further away from that tower. At this time, the architect believes the west tower is still safe and able to house the students/staff. Source:

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  • BV studies Buda building

    03/22/17 ,via Bureau County Republican

    According to interim Superintendent Eric Lawson in his superintendent's report, he was made aware by district personnel of some additional deterioration in the west and east towers of the school. Last fall, just a week before school was set to begin

  • Back-to-back 300s for this bowler come as he nears No. 100

    03/18/17 ,via

    At some point in the next 12 months, Chris Kishbaugh will reach the century mark for 300 games. It's something the 42-year-old from Stroudsburg is looking forward to, but until then, he can look back on some highlights from his illustrious run to 100


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So Crosby butted O'Neil and chopped Methot's finger wide open...He ain't dirty tho 03/25/17, @Eric_Lawson_Jr
RT @pdamron23: Congratulations to Luke Lawson, 1st team all state! #VHSL 03/24/17, @eric_salyer


  • Eric Lanlards Strawberry Gateaux Recipe

    cake, icing, vanilla extract, eggs, eggs, flour, flour, caster sugar, caster sugar, chocolate, marzipan, milk, butter, butter, strawberries, milk, baking powder, kirsch, vanilla extract

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  • Not So Free Agency: Difficult Decisions for 2018

    03/25/17 ,via YAHOO Sports

    Defensive Dollars Eric Berry signed a six year ... And the Rest Linebacker Tahir Whitehead, center Travis Swanson, and cornerback Nevin Lawson represent average starters that the Lions could make judgement calls on. To maintain continuity on the offensive ...

  • Flint & Genesee Chamber annual meeting highlights 2016 accomplishments

    03/24/17 ,via MLive

    The panelists were Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College; Bob Waun, CEO, C3 Ventures Flint, LLC; Eric Larson, CEO, Downtown Detroit Partnership; and Will McClure, Jr., a student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

  • Titan Thinclads Compete In Indoor Meets Last Week

    Track Coach David Peterson. "Senior Eric Sundall and Junior Nate Larson are both running better than they finished last season, while first-year Junior Simon Cahling and Freshman Cameron Johnson showed us some really good things." Looking at highlights ...


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Eric Lawson, Actor: Gymkata. Eric Lawson was born on December 28, 1941 in Glendale, California, USA as Eric Layton Lawson. He was an actor, known for Gymkata (1985 ...

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Eric Lawson; Born (1981-02-12) February 12, 1981 (age 36) Concord, California, United States: Nationality: American: Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg ...

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