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    Erik Larson is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award–winningThe Devil in the White City. He lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, and a dog named Molly.
    A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush”

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia,Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners, scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed, and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect crime.

    With his superb narrative skills, Erik Larson guides these parallel narratives toward a relentlessly suspenseful meeting on the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.Thunderstruck presents a vibrant portrait of an era of seances, science, and fog, inhabited by inventors, magicians, and Scotland Yard detectives, all presided over by the amiable and fun-loving Edward VII as the world slid inevitably toward the first great war of the twentieth century. Gripping from the first page, and rich with fascinating detail about the time, the people, and the new inventions that connect and divide us,Thunderstruck is splendid narrative history from a master of the form.

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    ISBN 9781400080663
    Genre HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 463
    Publisher Date 2006-10-24 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Crown Pub
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 9.75 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.85 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Larson, Erik
    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    Country of Origin United States

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    • too looooong, get to it already!

      It really is a fascinating story, but it's focused mainly on the rather tedious repetition of the invention of the telegraph. What we take for granted today, was invented by trial and error by an almost uneducated tinkerer. We re-live this grueling process over and over again in the pages of this book. The underlying plot of the murder and investigation is not as thoroughly documented, and thus it takes up a much smaller portion of the book.The two stories collide in an exciting finish, but it takes a bit long to get there. Worth a read, and at overstocks price, worth a purchase.

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