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Thunderstruck

5 Ratings: 3.6
A book by Erik Larson

Starred Review.[Signature]Reviewed byJames L. SwansonIn this splendid, beautifully written followup to his blockbuster thriller,Devil in the White City, Erik Larson again unites the dual stories of two disparate men, one a genius and the other a killer. … see full wiki

Tags: Books, True Crime, England History, Erik Larson
Author: Erik Larson
Genre: Professional & Technical, History
Publisher: Crown
5 reviews about Thunderstruck
review by . May 12, 2007
Not as deep a social history as the White City book -- not even close -- but well-researched and well-crafted as a kind of formulaic non-fiction thriller. Unlike some other reviewers, I enjoyed the account of Marconi's struggles to achieve business success more than the gory tale of the Crippen murder. The fierce class consciousness and the bitter narcissistic behaviour of academics and "practitioners" is inherently dramatic stuff, unlike just another story of love becoming hate. Since my own studies …
review by . April 28, 2007
I finally got around to putting Thunderstruck by Erik Larson on my library hold list. I was divided on my liking of his last book (Devil In The White City), as I didn't think the two stories intersected very well. Since Thunderstruck is written in the same style, I wasn't sure whether this would be something I'd take to readily. But thankfully, this story blend made much more sense to me, as it covered a technology that changed how society would function.    The two stories involve …
review by . April 24, 2007
THUNDERSTRUCK is a highly entertaining and educational "novel." I call it a novel, because it generally flows with the speed and fluidity of one. You don't feel lectured to...it's like reading a filmed documentary. Erik Larson has pretty much mastered his particular style. If this had been the first Larson book I had read, I would be quite effusive in my praise.    But it pales a little only in comparison to ISAAC'S STORM and THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. STORM is simple a smashing, …
review by . February 05, 2007
This book is an excellent historical novel that uses a great deal of fact around a true story (a la Robert Grave's rendition of I Claudius) and gives the author's interpretation of more specific detail of what happened. The only reason I did not rate it higher is because it pales in comparison to the author's prior work (The Devil in the White City). However, it is still a superior book compared to what is on the market these days.    The story flip-flops between two men's struggles. …
review by . November 16, 2006
This is a very well-written book that goes along two somewhat parallel lines: the story of Marconi's battle to be known as the father of the wireless, and the life and dismal marriage of Dr. Crippen. Each segment is well presented, and the machinations of the wireless folks, both pro and anti-Marconi are quite well laid out. Dr. Crippen's story is also quite well done, and even though you know that in the end he was most likely the person who murdered his overbearing wife, you develop a bit of sympathy …
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