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EW Gift Guide: Books for the history lover

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This year’s best books were full of heartfelt romances, weary travels, and through-provoking questions about our society. As 2015 comes to a close, EW will roll out gift guides for the very specific bookworms in your life.

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Dead Wake by Erik Larson: EW review

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“Remember the Lusitania!” Not many do, though they may dimly recall a high school history lesson about how the British luxury liner’s 1915 demise at the hands of a German submarine helped pull the United States into World War I. Nearly 1,200 people perished after a torpedo ripped into the ship’s hull, sending it to the seafloor in just 18 chaotic minutes.

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