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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 hisunparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chaseover 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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 463 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • Three Rivers Press (CA)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 9 B&W PHOTOS
  • 1400080673
  • 9781400080670
  • 77,640

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Praise for "The Devil in the White City" "[Larson] relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel. . . . A dynamic, enveloping book." --Janet Maslin, "New York Times" "Hugely engrossing . . . exceedingly well-documented, exhaustive without being excessive, and utterly fascinating . . . deserves to be popular everywhere." --Rosellen Brown, "Chicago Tribune" "An irresistible page-turner that reads like the most compelling, sleep-defying fiction." --"Time Out New York" "A great story, recounted with authority, entertainment, and insight . . . Larson writes with marvelous confidence, enthusiasm, polish, and scholarship." --"New York Daily News" "Everything popular history should be." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Gripping drama, captured with a reporter's nose for a good story and a novelist's flair for telling it . . . Superb." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already." --"Esquire" Praise for "Isaac's Storm" "A gripping account . . . fascinating to its core, and all the more compelling for being true." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Superb . . . Larson has made [Isaac] Cline, turn-of-the-century Galveston, and the Great Hurricane live again." --"Wall Street Journal" "[Larson] vividly captures the devastation that an unnamed hurricane inflicted on Galveston." --"New York Newsday" "[A] powerful story . . . a classic tale of mankind versus nature." --"Christian Science Monitor" "[A] graphic, heart-shattering reconstruction of the most lethal natural disaster in U.S. history." --"Miami Herald" "Compelling . . . [a] brilliant exploration of the hurricane's deadly force . . . Larson has the storyteller's skill of keeping the reader spellbound." --"Times-Picayune" "Gripping. . . The "Jaws" of hurricane yarns." --"Washington Post"show more

About Erik Larson

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