Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck

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By (author) Erik Larson

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  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
  • Format: Paperback | 463 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1400080673
  • ISBN 13: 9781400080670
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 9 B&W PHOTOS
  • Sales rank: 88,624

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

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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER "Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes." "--The New York Times Book Review" "Larson's gift for rendering an historical era with vibrant tactility and filling it with surprising personalities makes "Thunderstruck" an irresistible tale...He beautifully captures the awe that greeted early wireless transmissions on shipboard...he restores life to this fascinating, long-lost world." --"Washington Post " "A ripping yarn of murder and invention."" --Los Angeles Times " "Of all the non-fiction writers working today, Erik Larson seems to have the most delicious fun...for his newest, destined-to-delight book, "Thunderstruck," Larson has turned his sights on Edwardian London, a place alive with new science and seances, anonymous crowds and some stunningly peculiar personalities." "--Chicago Tribune " "[Larson] interweaves gripping storylines about a cryptic murderer and the race for technology in the early 20th century. An edge-of-the-seat read." --"People " "Captivating...with "Thunderstruck," Larson has selected another enthralling tale--two of them, actually...[he] peppers the narrative with an engaging array of secondary figures and fills the margins with rich tangential period details...Larson has once again crafted a popular history narrative that is stylistically closer to a smartly plotted novel." "--Miami Herald " "As he did with "The Devil in the White City," Larson has created an intense, intelligent page turner that shows how the march of progress and innovation affect both the world at large and the lives of everyday people." --"Atlanta Journal-Constitution ""Captivating...with "Thunderstruck," Larson again demonstrates that he's one of the best nonfiction writers around and proves that real-life murders can be as compelling to read about as fictional ones."" --Dallas/Forth Worth Star-Telegram " "[Larson] captures the human c