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A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush” InThunderstruck, 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,Thunderstruckevokes 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.Thunderstruckpresents 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,Thunderstruckis splendid narrative history from a master of the form. From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Erik Larson is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award–winning The Devil in the White City. He lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, and a dog named Molly.

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Table of Contents

The mysterious passengers — Ghosts and gunfire — Betrayal — Secrets — An inspector calls — The finest time — Pursuit by thunder — Epilogue : into the ether — Coda : voyager.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307351920
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Subject:
History-Modern - 20th Century
Author:
Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City
Author:
Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City
Author:
Larson, Erik
Subject:
History : Modern - 20th Century
Publication Date:
20061024
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

Related Subjects

Engineering » Communications » Radio
Engineering » Engineering » History
History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

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