The Highflyers by Clarence Buddington Kelland
The tale of a man and woman in love...sort of. Her father may or may not be a spy for the Germans, with whom the US would go to war soon, but not yet. They meet, they hate each other, and then, they meet again, under different circumstances. This is a myster, a tale of espionage, and most of all, a tale of love and honor. Not to be missed! The passenger ship, the RMS Lusitania, was sunk in May 1915, and the US went to war against Germany in April 1917. In other words, about 23 months passed between the two. The sinking of the Lusitania helped to turn American opinion against Germany, but it is certainly not the only reason for US involvement. It is far too remote. Most historians agree that it was not a single influence that provoked the US to declare war; rather, it was a confluence of many factors. Unrestricted submarine warfare: the Germans sunk the Lusitania which was carrying innocent civilians (along with supplies and weapons for Great Britain) The Zimmerman note: an encoded telegram sent from Germany to Mexico. It stated that if Mexico invaded the US they would get back some of their land. Fortunately the British intercepted the message and cracked the code in time to warn us. Economic issues: the US had invested over $2.6 billion in the war. If the allied powers lost, we weren't ever going to get that money back. Russian revolution: the Russians withdrew from the war because they were having a revolution in their own country. They also signed a peace treaty with Germany. This prompted concerns about the progress of the war, and allowed the US to make it a "war for democracy."