Thursday, August 13, 2009

Book Review: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

This book paralleled the development of Marconi's wireless telegraphy and the story of murderer Harvey Hawley Crippen. Erik Larson writes in a style of fiction, yet he is truly telling two non-fiction stories. As the stories developed it becomes apparent as to how the two stories are related. In the the end the fate of Crippen was determined by Marconi's invention. Erik Larson provides significant notes and references to allow the reader to dig deeper into just about any facet in the book. He quotes actual historical documents and provides facts that read like fiction. This time period in our history is extremely interesting. Larson sets the stage well describing the lifestyle, clothing, homes and culture of the era. One of the best books I have read the past few years.
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