Well, here in Baltimore we’re covered in yet more and more snow. While I do love the change of scenery and am grateful that winter decided to finally rear its necessary head, I suppose I’m still a Texan in some respect because I find myself wishing more and more for a return to the summer heat. Here’s to dreaming! And what better way to dream, than through a book?
The luxury liner Lusitania departed New York City en route for Liverpool on May 1, 1915. World War I was raging in Europe, but the passengers on the world’s fastest liner were sure they were in no danger — despite a warning from the German Embassy in Washington that “travellers sailing in the war zone on the ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk.” Even the Lusitania‘s captain, William Turner, said his vessel was too fast for submarines to pose a threat.
But at that very moment, the German sub designated U-20 was heading towards the Irish Sea, on a collision course with the Lusitania. The subsequent tragedy — one torpedo, and the great ship sank in just 18 minutes, taking more than a thousand lives with it — was a turning point that helped bring the hesitant United States closer to entering the war. Erik Larsen’s newDead Wake is a tense and thrilling account of the deadly journey, switching back and forth between the Lusitania and the surprisingly human captain of the U-20, Walther Schwieger. In this excerpt, we meet Schwieger, cruising along the Ems river on his way to the ocean, and get a glimpse into the life of a U-boat captain. Dead Wake will be published March 12.
15 Books for Creative Leaders to Read in Spring 2015
By David Slocum
The coming months feature an impressive batch of new books on various aspects of creative leadership. Surveying history, profiling individual leaders, and examining multiple industries, they offer fresh insights and practical guides to action in business and life. For readers looking to become more creative and effective, inspired and inspiring, the following titles are a great way to start the new year.
By Joel Cunningham
This year, we resolve to read more books. And with so many great reads being released in 2015, keeping our resolution will be a pleasure. From new thrillers from our favorite authors (Baldacci! Sandford! King!), to a richly written family drama spanning generations, to a brand-new novel from living legend Harper Lee, these are just a few of the books we can’t wait to get our hands on.
A new novel from Kazuo Ishiguro, his first in 10 years, is arguably the literary event of the year. Ishiguro is one of a select band of authors who enjoys widespread critical acclaim as well as huge commercial success. His eighth book, The Buried Giant is set in Britain during the Dark Ages.