Jacket for 'Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania'


UK - Transworld
US - Walker Books
Germany - Deutsche Verlagsanstalt

Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania

By Diana Preston

Published Jan 2010

One of the enduring mysteries of the First World War is finally exposed to rigorous examination by this best-selling author. In 1915 the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat resulting in massive loss of life. Huge international condemnation followed, which led to the suspension of unrestricted U-boat warfare for 2 critical years.

This is a startling account of an important turning point in the history of the 20th century in which the sacrifice of thousands of innocent civilians became the focus of the first huge propaganda battle of modern times. Preston has the rare ability to get behind the historical facts to the real human stories and this is a riveting read, as compelling as any thriller.