Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy and the end of the Victorian Age

Author(s): Greg King and Penny Wilson


Lusitania: She 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 she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old; yet-an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U-Boat, sent her - and her gilded passengers - to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare. A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was she carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her. 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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100 years after its sinking, Greg King and Penny 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.

Highly informed, compellingly written . . . there was a great deal more to the story than its heart-wrenching tragedy. "The" "Wall Street Journal" A fascinating account of a ship, its passengers, and its terrible fate. "Publishers Weekly" The deliberate sinking of the "Lusitania "by a German U-boat in 1915 has been shrouded in mystery and intrigue that continue even as the 100th anniversary of the tragedy approaches. . . . More than a chronicle of the tragedy, this offers a penetrating look at the end of the Edwardian era. "Booklist" "The Assassination of the Archduke" creates a compelling and readable account of the private life of the imperial family headed for doom. "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" An entertaining challenge to a century of misconceptions. "Kirkus Reviews on The Assassination of the Archduke" King marshals an amazing amount of information in a very fluid, compelling fashion. . . . It's eye-opening, and even fun, to visit this extraordinary group in its time and place. "Booklist on The Court of the Last Tsar" King has a vast knowledge of the subject, and those who are fascinated by the life of the royals and aristocratic intrigue will find much to delight in. . . . For those who are intrigued by the Russian high court, there is no better escort. "Publishers Weekly on The Court of the Last Tsar" Any book by Greg King is a book to be kept and savored. . . . This book is a great work of scholarship and a wonderful read "Peter Kurth, author of Tsar on The Court of the Last Tsar" King marshals an amazing amount of information, and just as amazingly he presents it all in a very fluid, compelling fashion. "Booklist on The Court of the Last Tsar" A comprehensive reexamination of the 78 days of the Ekaterinburg captivity, the murders themselves, and the 1991 exhumation of the bodies. . . . The authors engage in a complex game of historical detection that ultimately results in a controversial new perspective on an old but ever-captivating topic. "Booklist on The Fate of the Romanovs" Biographies of Victoria are plentiful, but King's special approach, his limited focus, certainly makes this new one far from redundant. "Booklist on Twilight of Splendor""

GREG KING is the author of eleven internationally published works of history, specializing in late Imperial Russia and on social history. A frequent contributor and onscreen expert for historical documentaries, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the bi-monthly European Royal History Journal, and his work has appeared in "Majesty Magazine," "Royalty Magazine," "Royalty Digest," "Atlantis Magazine," and the European Royal History Journal. His newest book is "The Assassination of the Archduke." PENNY WILSON is the author of three internationally published works of history devoted to late Imperial Russia. Her historical work has appeared in "Majesty Magazine," "Atlantis Magazine," and "Royalty Digest."

General Fields

  • : 9781250080356
  • : Griffin Publishing
  • : Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • : May 2016
  • : 210mm X 139mm X 27mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Greg King and Penny Wilson
  • : Paperback
  • : 516
  • : very good
  • : 416
  • : one 8 page black and white photograph section