Erik Larson will discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson will discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Erik Larson will discuss his new book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day BooksNational World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.  The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial holds the most diverse collection of WWI artifacts in the world and inspires thought, dialogue, and learning to make the experiences of the World War I era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Erik Larson is the Author of four National Bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies.  His Books have been published in fourteen countries.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  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 captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Erik Larson will discuss his New Book Dead Wake and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $28.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Autographed Hardcover of Dead Wake, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. Admission Packages will be available for purchase at our Sales & Service Table at Unity Temple on The Plaza beginning at 6:00 PM.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  

Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
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