Lusitania: How the Unthinkable Happened

article-0-14059853000005DC-49_634x380One hundred years ago on May 7, just ten months after the start of the First World War, the British luxury liner RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank in just 20 minutes. Out of nearly 2,000 passengers and crew only 764 survived. The dead included 123 Americans.

To mark this tragic anniversary, I am reading the much-acclaimed new book by Erik Larson–Dead Wake: The Lusitania’s Last Crossing. Continue reading Lusitania: How the Unthinkable Happened

The Soldier

BrookePoet Rupert Brooke died a century ago on April 23. He died too soon for three reasons. First, he was only 28. Second, he was denied the opportunity to bring his rich poetical gifts to fruition. And third, he never saw for himself what war was really like.

The third was perhaps his greatest tragedy. Continue reading The Soldier

Veterans Day

Veterans Day, November 11, was originally observed as Armistice Day, to commemorate the armistice that ended the First World War. Rather naively, people at one time really believed that the First World War would go down in history as the “war to end all wars.” Out of the bitter disappointment of that hope came a holiday to honor all those who have served in our country’s armed forces, both in war and peace.
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