Wilful Murder by Diana Preston
The Sinking of the "Lusitania"

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An investigation of that other great liner tragedy: the sinking of the Lusitania.

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.

Using first-hand accounts of the tragedy, the author brings 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, the book answers many of the outstanding 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? Had Cunard’s offices been infiltrated by German agents? And did the Kaiser’s decision, in response to international outrage, to cease unrestricted U-boat warfare, effectively change the outcome of the First World War?

About Diana Preston

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Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of THE ROAD TO CULLODEN MOOR; A FIRST RATE TRAGEDY: ROBERT FALCON SCOTT AND THE RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE; THE BOXER REBELLION and WILFUL MURDER: THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA. Michael Preston, Diana Preston's husband, read English at Oxford University and is now an historian and traveller.
Published January 1, 2002 by Doubleday. 309 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War.

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