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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385608454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385608459
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

Praise for "The Devil in the White City"
"ÝLarson¨ 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 ÝIsaac¨ Cline, turn-of-the-century Galveston, and the Great Hurricane live again." --"Wall Street Journal"
"ÝLarson¨ vividly captures the devastation that an unnamed hurricane inflicted on Galveston." --"New York Newsday"
"ÝA¨ powerful story . . . a classic tale of mankind versus nature." --"Christian Science Monitor"
"ÝA¨ graphic, heart-shattering reconstruction of the most lethal natural disaster in U.S. history." --"Miami Herald"
"Compelling . . . Ýa¨ 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"

Prais for "Thunderstruck"
"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
Praise for "The Devil in the White City"
"ÝLarson¨ 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 ÝIsaac¨ Cline, turn-of-the-century Galveston, and the Great Hurricane live again." --"Wall StreetJournal"
"ÝLarson¨ vividly captures the devastation that an unnamed hurricane inflicted on Galveston." --"New York Newsday"
"ÝA¨ powerful story . . . a classic tale of mankind versus nature." --"Christian Science Monitor"
"ÝA¨ graphic, heart-shattering reconstruction of the most lethal natural disaster in U.S. history." --"Miami Herald"
"Compelling . . . Ýa¨ 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"

Prais for "Thunderstruck"
"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
Praise for "The Devil in the White City"
"ÝLarson¨ 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 ÝIsaac¨ Cline, turn-of-the-century Galveston, and the Great Hurricane live again." --"Wall StreetJournal"
"ÝLarson¨ vividly captures the devastation that an unnamed hurricane inflicted on Galveston." --"New York Newsday"
"ÝA¨ powerful story . . . a classic tale of mankind versus nature." --"Christian Science Monitor"
"ÝA¨ graphic, heart-shattering reconstruction of the most lethal natural disaster in U.S. history." --"Miami Herald"
"Compelling . . . Ýa¨ 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"

"From the Hardcover edition."

" 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"
" 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"
" Larson's gift for rendering an historical era with vibrant tactility and filling it with surprising personalities makes "Thunderstruck" an irresistible tale."
--"The Washington Post Book World"
" An enthralling narrative and vivid descriptions...Larson has done a marvelous job of bringing the distinct stories together in his own unique way. Simply fantastic!"
--"Library Journal"
" Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
" Splendid, beautifully written..."Thunderstruck" triumphantly resurrects the spirit of another age, when one man's public genius linked the world, while another's private turmoil made him a symbol of the end of " the great hush" and the first victim of a new era when instant communication, now inescapable, conquered the world."
--"Publishers Weekly"
" [Larson] captures the human capacity for wonder at the turn of the century...[he] has perfected a narrative form of his own invention."
--"The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)"
THUNDERSTRUCK - By Erik Larson - Three Rivers Press - ISBN 978-1-4000-8067-0 - $14.95 - - By Erik Larson - Three Rivers Press - ISBN 978-1-4000-8067-0 - $14.95 - OSD 9/25/2007
THUNDERSTRUCK - By Erik Larson - Three Rivers Press - ISBN 978-1-4000-8067-0 - $14.95 - OSD 9/25/2007

"From the Hardcover edition."

"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 ""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""Larson's gift for rendering an historical era with vibrant tactility and filling it with surprising personalities makes "Thunderstruck" an irresistible tale."--"The Washington Post Book World""An enthralling narrative and vivid descriptions...Larson has done a marvelous job of bringing the distinct stories together in his own unique way. Simply fantastic!"--"Library Journal""Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes."--"The New York Times Book Review""Splendid, beautifully written..."Thunderstruck" triumphantly re

"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
"
"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
"
"Larson's gift for rendering an historical era with vibrant tactility and filling it with surprising personalities makes "Thunderstruck" an irresistible tale." --"The Washington Post Book World"

"An enthralling narrative and vivid descriptions...Larson has done a marvelous job of bringing the distinct stories together in his own unique way. Simply fantastic!"
--"Library Journal
"
"Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes." "--The New York Times Book Review
"

"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 capacity for wonder at the turn of the century...[he] has perfected a narrative form of his own invention."" --Cleveland Plain Dealer
"
"An enthralling narrative and vivid descriptions...Larson has done a marvelous job of bringing the distinct stories together in his own unique way. Simply fantastic!"
--"Library Journal
"
"Splendid, beautifully written..."Thunderstruck" triumphantly resurrects the spirit of another age, when one man's public genius linked the world, while another's private turmoil made him a symbol of the end of "the great hush" and the first victim of a new era when instant communication, now inescapable, conquered the world."
--"Publishers Weekly"

"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 capacity for wonder at the turn of the century...[he] has perfected a narrative form of his own invention. " Cleveland Plain Dealer
"
An enthralling narrative and vivid descriptions...Larson has done a marvelous job of bringing the distinct stories together in his own unique way. Simply fantastic!
"Library Journal
"
Splendid, beautifully written..."Thunderstruck" triumphantly resurrects the spirit of another age, when one man's public genius linked the world, while another's private turmoil made him a symbol of the end of "the great hush" and the first victim of a new era when instant communication, now inescapable, conquered the world.
"Publishers Weekly""

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 capacity for wonder at the turn of the century...[he] has perfected a narrative form of his own invention. Cleveland Plain Dealer

An enthralling narrative and vivid descriptions...Larson has done a marvelous job of bringing the distinct stories together in his own unique way. Simply fantastic!
Library Journal

Splendid, beautifully written...Thunderstruck triumphantly resurrects the spirit of another age, when one man's public genius linked the world, while another's private turmoil made him a symbol of the end of "the great hush" and the first victim of a new era when instant communication, now inescapable, conquered the world.
Publishers Weekly

" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The New YorkTimes bestselling story of the notorious murderer, Dr Crippen, whose life (and eventual death) were inexorably interwoven with that of Marconi and his miraculous invention: the wireless. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Two very different stories, one a tale of betrayal, intrigue and murder and the other the crackling history of the development of radio transmission, but melted together in this third delicious offering from historian and writer Erik Larson.

Larson's other books have stuck to a winning formula, and he does not deviate from this simple framework for Thunderstruck. In the Devil and the White City the story of the Chicago World Fair, and the awesome demonstration of science and technology that went with it, was narrated alongside the gruesome story of mass murderer [ ]. In the Drowning of Galveston the nascent science of meteorology was tested and found flawed with devastating consequences, and again Larson wove a story of technological progress around human suffering.

In Thunderstruck the technological progress takes the starring role. The main thrust of this book is the story of radio waves, wireless telegraphy and the intriguing personalities that developed them. This is the story of Marconi, Fleming, Lodge and Tesler in an age where the transmission of messages through the ether to once isolated ships seemed as miraculous as the psychic and metaphysical demonstrations of mediums that fascinated late Victorian England.

But once again Larson ties the story of progress with something darker. In this case it is the case of Dr Crippen, his domineering and eventually dismembered wife Belle and Ethel Le Neve, his mysterious mistress. Most people will be familiar with the story of Crippen, the body in the basement and his eventual capture by use of wireless telegraphy. This is the connections that binds the two stories.
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As an ex radio officer I bought this book to read more about Marconi. I found myself becoming equally interested in the story of Dr Crippen. The two stories are woven together excellently. at no point was I bored by excessive detail. An excellent read
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I received this as a surprise Christmas present and probably wouldn't have picked it as an obvious book to read. However once I started reading I found the story (or in fact the inter-weaved stories) fascinating, and this turned out to be a book I couldn't put down. The stories of Crippen and Marconi are cleverly alternated which really kept my attention. (I suspect they both had the potential to be a bit dry on their own). The book is very readable and really keeps your attention to the end. A few more photographs would have enhanced it further perhaps.
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A fascinating piece of social and technical history, well written and with occasional moments of levity. Erik Larson's repeated the device of interleaving two stories together like his previous book, but it doesn't quite work as cleanly this time round.

There, the 'White City' as a human construct, built to highlight the brightest of men's achievements, serves as an unknowing and unwilling lure to the deadly and dark ensnarement of 'The Devil' - Almost a case of "The brighter the light, the darker the shade"; In this book the tales of Marconi and Crippen are also related in parallel, but in a slightly hazy chronological order sometimes, and the two stories really only touch, make contact, at the end.

It doesn't make it any less satisfying which is why I've given it a 5*, and it's fascinating to read about people's incredulous amazement that any kind of messages could be sent through the ether (given how wireless technology in all its forms is absolutely embedded in our civilisation, just a hundred or so years later).

On a total side-note, years ago I'd read a book about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, captained by Henry Kendall - It was interesting to get a glimpse into his eventful past and the part he played in the capture of Dr Crippen.
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By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2016
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Erik Larson is one of those writers who has a real knack for making history read like a novel. Part of it is his style, almost cinematic in the way he uses snappy sentences and short paragraphs and chapters, moving back and forth between his twin storylines, breaking off the narrative at critical moments, using plenty of foreshadowing language. And part, of course, is his choice of topics.

In this book he takes as his subject one of the famous of Victorian murders, Dr Crippen. The case itself is not exactly remarkable - the list of men who murder their wives and elope with a mistress is after all depressingly long. However, what made the case of Dr Crippen stand out is the use of the new technology of wireless telegraphy in his capture. The sensational drama of the chase, Dr Crippen and his mistress sailing the Atlantic oblivious to their fate whilst wireless was used to communicate and coordinate every aspect of the chase to police and the public on both sides of the Atlantic. The other strand to this narrative history, therefore, is the story of Guglielmo Marconi and his invention of the technology that would revolutionise communication and make the world a much smaller place, much to Dr Crippen's cost.

I have to confess, I am not remotely interested in science or the history of inventions and found little of any real note in the Dr Crippen case either. Therefore the fact that I so thoroughly enjoyed this book is true testament to the author. I've read several other of Erik Larson's books and they have all been equally as good. He isn't an historian I would turn to for any great depth or insight, but for a rollicking good read, and a true one, to boot, he's hard to beat.
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