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Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography [2015 Centennial Edn]

Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography [2015 Centennial Edn]
Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography [2015 Centennial Edn]

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Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography [2015 Centennial Edn]

Model Number: 9781445642628
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Manufacturer: Amberley Books
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By J. Kent Layton
With artwork by Tom Lear
Introduction by Mike Poirier and Jim Kalafus
2nd [Centennial] Edition May 2015

Note: This listing is for signed & numbered limited edition copies, which can not be obtained through other retailers.

Today the Lusitania is remembered mostly for her tragic sinking on May 7, 1915, and the political ramifications of that disaster. That sinking, however, was merely the startling and grim finale to an incredibly eventful life, the death of one legend and the beginning of another.

This all-new volume relives the entire life of the Lusitania, from her beginnings to her demise; it is an unprecedented biography of the great ship and the people who sailed on her. From the ship’s technical design features to the greatest events in her career, her story is told in both words and pictures. Hundreds of photographs and illustrations, breathtaking new artwork, and all-new plans of the ship reveal the liner as never before…

The first edition of this critically-acclaimed book was released in 2010; a special revised version with new material was released in time for the 2015 centennial anniversary of the sinking.

Note: For those who were familiar with my similarly-titled book from 2007, (Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor; hardcover and softcover editions by Lulu Books), this book is not to be confused with that one. The original book was self-published and lacked much of the content in the new one. Other upgrades include the fact that the paper in the new volume is thick and glossy, and photo reproduction quality is razor-sharp. All corrections from the old 2007 book (as well as the 2010 First Edition of the new title from Amberley) have been rolled into the 2015 text; the text itself has been expanded, and the photographic and illustrative material has been profoundly increased and improved. The 2015 book book also includes the original color artwork by digital artist Tom Lear specifically made for the 2010 release. The excellent Introduction by Mike Poirier and Jim Kalafus has been retained from the 2007 and 2010 volumes, as has the special Survivor’s Note by Barbara Anderson McDermott.

This, by far the largest book ever published about the Lusitania, is not a book to be missed by any liner enthusiast. Secure your copy of the 2015 Centennial Edition today!


  • March 2015 (UK)
  • ISBN: 9781445642628
  • Hardcover with dustjacket
  • 464 pages (including 16-page color section)
  • 6.8″ x 1.4″ x 9.8″
  • xx black-and-white photos and illustrations
  • 33 color photos and illustrations
  • Signed & Numbered Limited Edition available only here