Ivan Light

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Ivan Light knew for a long time that the story of the Lusitania was a rollicking good yarn that Americans would enjoy, but for many years he did nothing about it. However, when he retired from faculty of the University of California, he began work on the long-deferred project. Deadly Secret of the Lusitania is the result. He brought to the task of writing a book of historical fiction an unusual bag of qualifications. In many years of researching and writing about immigration and American social history, Ivan Light had acquired a strong knowledge of American history in this period as well as a capacity to relate social history to the momentous decision to enter what contemporaries called the Great War, and what we now bitterly call World Wa ...more

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Deadly Secret of the Lusitania

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When it came to war, how decisive was the Lusitania?

For more than a century, Americans had followed George Washington’s advice to stay out of European “entanglements.” Isolationism was America’s default foreign policy, and it had worked to our advantage. Additionally, for reasons of heritage, many big immigrant communities (Irish, German, Jewish) supported the Central Powers. Unable yet to vote, women demonstrated against sending “our boys” to a...

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“Wilson was outraged but chose not to see the declaration itself as sufficient justification for war. What he did not yet know was that there was a second, very secret message appended to the telegram Bernstorff had received and that both telegrams had been intercepted and relayed to Blinker Hall’s intelligence division in the Old Admiralty Building in London, which by now oversaw a second, and singularly sensitive, component of Room 40’s operations—the interception of diplomatic communications, both German and, incidentally, American.”
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