#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

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 important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
    A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
    Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.
In The Devil in the White City, the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium.

Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

To find out more about this book, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.

That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.

In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.

In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss.

Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis

One of Chicago Tribune’s Best Books of the Year So Far • “A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers.”—NPR

“Churchill’s lessons of resilience and his style of steady-handed leadership are essential to the state of mind of American readers.”—Vanity Fair

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.
The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.
 Mrożąca krew w żyłach historia zbrodni i wynalazku, która przeniesie czytelnika do epoki, w której wierzono, że seanse spirytystyczne są gwarantem wspólnoty duchowej ze zmarłymi

Prawdziwa historia dwóch mężczyzn: Guglielmo Marconiego,włoskiego fizyka, konstruktora i laureata Nagrody Nobla za wkład w rozwój telegrafii bezprzewodowej, oraz Hawley’a Crippena, angielskiego lekarza i zbrodniarza, których losy połączył jeden z największych w historii pościgów policyjnych.

Marconi, opanowany bez reszty obsesją stworzenia sposobu łączności, który w owych czasach wydawał się nadprzyrodzonym, z zapałem walczy z falą sceptycyzmu, by wbrew wszelkim przewidywaniom przejść ze swym wynalazkiem do historii.

W tym samym czasie Hawley Crippen, ceniony lekarz, popełnia zbrodnię niemal doskonałą. Najpierw truje swoją żonę, potem jej poćwiartowane zwłoki chowa w piwnicy, a następnie rozpowiada wśród znajomych, że małżonka wróciła do Stanów. Kiedy Scotland Yard odkrywa podczas przeszukania domu zwłoki kobiety, Crippen, by uniknąć aresztowania, zmuszony jest uciekać do Kanady.

Grom z jasnego nieba to prawdziwa historia wielkiej pogoni przez ocean, którą śledziły miliony czytelników gazet na całym świecie. To opowieść o jednym z największych w historii pościgów policyjnych, który zakończył się sukcesem tylko dzięki wynalezionej przez Guglielmo Marconiego telegrafii bezprzewodowej.

Dwie fascynujące postacie: wynalazca i morderca Ich losy połączyła zbrodnia, a ich historię opisał mistrz tej formy.

Pe 1 mai 1915, când Primul Război Mondial intra în cea de a zecea sa lună, un transoceanic de linie luxos, la fel de bogat decorat ca un conac englezesc de țară, pleca din New York cu destinația Liverpool, având la bord un număr record de copii. În rândurile pasagerilor domnea o surprinzătoare stare de bună dispoziție, deși Germania declarase că apele din jurul Marii Britanii constituiau o zonă de război. Luni de zile, submarinele germane semănaseră teroarea în Atlanticul de Nord. Dar Lusitania era unul dintre marile transatlantice ale epocii, cel mai rapid vapor de linie aflat în serviciu, iar căpitanul ei, William Thomas Turner, avea o încredere de nestrămutat în regulile stricte ale războiului purtat de gentlemani, care feriseră, vreme de un secol, vasele civile de orice atac. Este o poveste pe care mulți dintre noi cred că o cunosc, fără a o ști cu adevărat, iar Erik Larson ne-o readuce în atenţie plină de suspans, schimbând rolurile între vânător și vânat, în timp ce descrie un tablou mai general al Americii la apogeul Erei Progresului. Plină de strălucire și de emoție, Siajul morții aduce la viață o distribuție de personaje evocatoare, de la faimosul librar din Boston Charles Lauriat, la pioniera din domeniul arhitecturii Theodate Pope și la președintele Woodrow Wilson, un om sufocat de suferință și îngrozit de perspectiva unui război mondial. Siajul morții surprinde drama pură și puterea emoțională a unui dezastru ale cărui detalii intime și înțeles real riscau să rămână pierdute în negurile istoriei.
 No final do século XIX os Estados Unidos eram uma nação jovem e orgulhosa, ávida por afirmar seu lugar entre as maiores potências mundiais. Nesse contexto, a Feira de Chicago de 1893 teve papel fundamental: com o objetivo de apresentar a maior e mais impressionante exposição de inovações científicas e tecnológicas já idealizada, coube ao arquiteto Daniel Burnham, famoso por projetar alguns dos edifícios mais conhecidos do mundo, a difícil tarefa de transformar uma área desolada em um lugar de magnífica beleza: a Cidade Branca. Reunindo as mais importantes mentes da época, Burnham enfrentou o mau clima, tragédias e o tempo escasso para construir a enorme estrutura da feira.

A poucas quadras dali, outro homem igualmente determinado, H. H. Holmes, estava às voltas com mais uma obra grandiosa, um prédio estranho e complexo. Nomeado Hotel da Feira Mundial, o lugar era na verdade um palácio de tortura, para o qual Holmes atraiu dezenas, talvez centenas de pessoas. Autor de crimes inimagináveis, ele ficou conhecido como possivelmente o primeiro serial killer da história americana.

Separados, os feitos de Burnham e Holmes são fascinantes por si só. Examinadas juntas, porém, suas histórias se tornam ainda mais impressionantes e oferecem uma poderosa metáfora das forças opostas que fizeram do século XX ao mesmo tempo um período de avanços monumentais e de crueldades imensuráveis. Combinando uma pesquisa meticulosa com a narrativa envolvente que lhe é característica, Erik Larson escreveu um suspense arrebatador, que se torna ainda mais assustador por retratar acontecimentos reais.






















































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