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Book group to discuss Lusitania

MARQUETTE – The Peter White Library Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the library to discuss “Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson.”

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool.

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 her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack and he knew that his ship – the fastest then in service – could outrun any threat.

As U-boat 20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces – hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more- converge to produce one of the great disasters of history.

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