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Thunderstruck - Erik Larson
Thunderstruck
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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... show more
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 séances, 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400080670 (1400080673)
ASIN: 1400080673
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 463
Edition language: English
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Defenestraethe
Defenestraethe rated it
5.0 Thunderstruck - Erik Larson
Not really mystery, because the book starts from the idea that everyone already knows Crippen is a murderer. What makes the book so enjoyable is that the true crime segments breaks up the sometimes tedious timeline of Marconi's long struggle, and in turn, Marconi's various adventures break up the ve...
Degrees of Affection
Degrees of Affection rated it
4.0 Thunderstruck [Audiobook] by Eric Larson
After listening to Larson's Devil in the White City (and rereading it in fits and starts in book form), I put all of his audiobooks on my list. As much as I'm enjoying access to notes with the books, I find I enjoy the text read more than reading it myself. Another aspect of Larson's work I love i...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
3.5 Thunderstruck - a story of love, murder and science.
In classic Erik Larson style, Thunderstruck is told through parallel lives and events. In this case, more so than in The Devil in the White City, it's not immediately evident how the elements will come to intertwine. Guglielmo Marconi (below) was smart, contributed to society in the end, blah, bl...
audreyhawkins
audreyhawkins rated it
There were a lot of confluences between the story of Marconi and the sensational murder of Belle Elmore. All the same, I just couldn't get terribly excited about this book. It was very slow to start, for one thing, and then there were endless chapters of Marconi trying and failing to get wireless co...
All the Time in the World
All the Time in the World rated it
3.0 Thunderstruck
Seems like Larson was trying to do the same thing here as with The Devil in the White City - parallel stories of two historical personages/events that eventually come together. Although the intersection of Marconi (or at least Marconi's technology) and putative murderer Hawley Crippen (since this b...
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