Dead Wake Book
Score: 4
From 3,891 Ratings

Dead Wake


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553446753

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Dead Wake Excerpt :

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania “Both terrifying and enthralling.”—Entertainment Weekly “Thrilling, dramatic and powerful.”—NPR “Thoroughly engrossing.”—George R.R. Martin 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

Dead Wake Book
Score: 4
From 3,886 Ratings

Dead Wake


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Scribe Publications
  • Release Date : 2015-03-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781925113709

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Dead Wake Excerpt :

WINNER OF THE 2015 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS ‘BEST HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY’ From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative non-fiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster On May 1 1915, 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 anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic 'Greyhounds' 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. He knew, moreover, that his ship — the fastest then in service — could outrun any threat. 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, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake

Dead Wake Book
Score: 4
From 3,887 Ratings

Dead Wake


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2015-03-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448167838

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Dead Wake Excerpt :

On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers - including a record number of children and infants - were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, its submarines had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania's captain, William Thomas Turner, had faith in the gentlemanly terms of warfare that had, for a century, kept civilian ships safe from attack. He also knew that his ship - the fastest then in service - could outrun any threat. But Germany was intent on changing the rules, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit were tracking Schwieger's U-boat...but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way towards Liverpool, forces both grand and achingly small - hubris, a chance fog, a closely-guarded secret and more - converged to produce one of the great disasters of 20th century 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. Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, including the US President 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 that helped place America on the road to war.

Thunderstruck Book
Score: 3
From 119 Ratings

Thunderstruck


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2006-10-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307351920

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Thunderstruck Excerpt :

A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder. With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Wake Up Dead Book
Score: 3
From 35 Ratings

Wake Up Dead


  • Author : Roger Smith
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1429953497

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An amphetamine-fueled thriller about a bombshell American widow on the run in Cape Town's violent badlands—from a writer being compared to George Pelecanos and Richard Price A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead. On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever. Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe's convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won't let her out of his sight because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And remorselessly hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse "wife," Disco. As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that ends in a shattering cataclysm of violence, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.

My Father s Wake Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

My Father s Wake


  • Author : Kevin Toolis
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2018-02-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306921452

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My Father s Wake Excerpt :

An intimate, lyrical look at the ancient rite of the Irish wake--and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death Death is a whisper for most of us. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, pull the curtains, and speak softly. But on a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, death has a louder voice. Each day, along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio runs a daily roll call of the recently departed. The islanders go in great numbers, young and old alike, to be with their dead. They keep vigil with the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands and carry the coffin on their own shoulders. The islanders cherish the dead--and amid the sorrow, they celebrate life, too. In My Father's Wake, acclaimed author and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Toolis unforgettably describes his own father's wake and explores the wider history and significance of this ancient and eternal Irish ritual. Perhaps we, too, can all find a better way to deal with our mortality--by living and loving as the Irish do.

Wake Up Dead Man Book

Wake Up Dead Man


  • Author : Bruce Jackson
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : 0820321583

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Wake Up Dead Man Excerpt :

Making it in Hell, says Bruce Jackson, is the spirit behind the sixty-five work songs gathered in this eloquent dispatch from a brutal era of prison life in the Deep South. Through engagingly documented song arrangements and profiles of their singers, Jackson shows how such pieces as "Hammer Ring," "Ration Blues," "Yellow Gal," and "Jody's Got My Wife and Gone" are like no other folk music forms: they are distinctly African in heritage, diminished in power and meaning outside their prison context, and used exclusively by black convicts. The songs helped workers through the rigors of cane cutting, logging, and cotton picking. Perhaps most important, they helped resolve the men's hopes and longings and allowed them a subtle outlet for grievances they could never voice when face-to-face with their jailers.

Wake Not the Dead Book

Wake Not the Dead


  • Author : Johann Ludwig Tieck
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 27
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:4066338092847

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Wake Not the Dead Excerpt :

"Wake Not the Dead" by Johann Ludwig Tieck. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Lethal Passage Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Lethal Passage


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679759270

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Lethal Passage Excerpt :

Follows the journey of a handgun, from its manufacture through its violent odyssey into the hands of a disturbed teenager who uses it to kill a teacher, and raises painful questions about the legal and cultural realities of firearms. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

The Splendid and the Vile Book
Score: 4.5
From 62 Ratings

The Splendid and the Vile


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Pages : 585
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385348713

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The Splendid and the Vile Excerpt :

Bleak Expectations -- The Rising Threat -- A Certain Eventuality -- Dread -- Blood and Dust -- The Americans -- Love Amid the Flames -- One Year to the Day -- Epilogue.

To Wake the Dead Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

To Wake the Dead


  • Author : John Dickson Carr
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2014-03-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9781480472525

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To Wake the Dead Excerpt :

Hailed by Agatha Christie as “the king of the art of misdirection,” John Dickson Carr presents a thrilling murder mystery that has the redoubtable Dr. Gideon Fell tracing clues from London to Sussex to South Africa Mystery novelist Christopher Kent accepts a friend’s outlandish bet and sets out to travel from Johannesburg to London with nothing but the cash in his wallet and the clothes on his back. He arrives with twenty-four hours to spare, his wallet and his stomach both empty. While cadging a breakfast at a luxurious hotel, he is implicated in the brutal murder of a hotel guest. Fleeing the scene of the crime, Kent takes refuge with Dr. Gideon Fell, the portly genius who specializes in murders too baffling for Scotland Yard. For Kent, getting to London was the easy part. The trick will be avoiding the hangman. To Wake the Dead is the 9th book in the Dr. Gideon Fell Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Winds Can Wake Up the Dead Book

Winds Can Wake Up the Dead


  • Author : Eric Walrond
  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 0814327095

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Winds Can Wake Up the Dead Excerpt :

A new anthology of works by a major writer from the New Negro Movement.

The Wake Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

The Wake


  • Author : Linden MacIntyre
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2019-08-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443452045

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The Wake Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Fascinating, infuriating, eloquent and cautionary.” —Postmedia A Globe and Mail, CBC Books and Maclean’s Book of the Year In the vein of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm and Dead Wake comes an incredible true story of destruction and survival in Newfoundland by one of Canada’s best-known writers On November 18, 1929, a tsunami struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. Giant waves up to three storeys high hit the coast at a hundred kilometres per hour, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire houses out to sea. The most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland’s history, the disaster killed twenty-eight people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. It took days for the outside world to find out about the death and damage caused by the tsunami, which forever changed the lives of the inhabitants of the fishing outports along the Burin Peninsula. Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning writer Linden MacIntyre was born near St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, one of the villages virtually destroyed by the tsunami. By the time of his birth, the cod-fishing industry lay in ruins and the village had become a mining town. MacIntyre’s father, lured from Cape Breton to Newfoundland by a steady salary, worked in St. Lawrence in an underground mine that was later found to be radioactive. Hundreds of miners would die; hundreds more would struggle through shortened lives profoundly compromised by lung diseases ranging from silicosis and bronchitis to cancer. As MacIntyre says, though the tsunami killed twenty-eight people in 1929, it would claim hundreds if not thousands more in the decades to follow. And by the time the village returned to its roots and set up as a cod fishery once again, the stocks in the Grand Banks had plummeted and St. Lawrence found itself once again on the brink of disaster. Written in MacIntyre’s trademark style, The Wake is a major new work by one of this country’s top writers.

Wake The Dead Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Wake The Dead


  • Author : Dorothy Simpson
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-08-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780751567533

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Wake The Dead Excerpt :

A village fete shouldn't turn up too many murders for Inspector Luke Thanet to investigate. Even the death of the local MP's elderly mother doesn't seem at all suspicious. But, as Thanet soon discovers, Isobel Fairleigh did not die of natural causes. She was murdered, and every single person who was at the fete is a potential suspect. Or was the murderer someone closer to home? As Thanet and his deputy, Sergeant Mike Lineham, delve deeper into Isobel Fairleigh's past, they learn that crime knows no class barriers.

Wake the Dead Book

Wake the Dead


  • Author : Monica Harris
  • Publisher : Walker
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 0802789226

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Wake the Dead Excerpt :

Although he has been warned that he will wake the dead, Henry continues to make too much noise until the warning comes true, and then he must find a way to help the dead rest in peace again.