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Crown/Archetype, Oct 24, 2006 - History - 352 pages
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City, 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 murder.

With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over 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.


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Very well written - easy to read - informative - LibraryThing
Erik Larson's writing makes history really come alive. - LibraryThing
Somewhere I read that this book is a page turner. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - foof2you - LibraryThing

Like other Larson work this book tells a couple of stories that are intertwined by some part of history. Compelling reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

Thunderstruck is the fourth book I have read by Larson and also my least favorite. As is his MO he wrote of two parallel historic events - in this case the invention of the wireless by Marconi and the ... Read full review

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ERIK LARSON is the author of the national bestsellers Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm.

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