Lusitania remembered in two new books

March 19, 2015 8:10 PM

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The legends of lost ships call to us like siren songs. We never tire of the Titanic's re-telling, and as we near the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania -- on May 7 -- there are two new books to remind us of an era of ocean-going glamour and war-wasted lives.

Erik Larson's Dead Wake (*** out of four stars) is the more … titanic of the two, given Larson's best-selling stature as a non-fiction spellbinder. As for their Lusitania (**1/2 stars), Greg King and Penny Wilson tell the sad tale with less in the way of Larson's cinematic cross-cutting and descript...

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