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Thunderstruck [electronic Resource]

By Erik Larson

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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Thunderstruck

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Format: Ebook
Author: Larson, Erik
Summary: 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, an era of séances, science, and fog, 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 crime.--From publisher description.
Title: Thunderstruck [electronic resource] / Erik Larson.
Publisher Date: New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.
Subject: Crippen, Hawley Harvey, 1862-1910 Marconi, Guglielmo, marchese, 1874-1937 Murderers -- England -- London -- Biography. Murder -- England -- London -- Case studies Murder -- Investigation -- Great Britain -- Case studies. Inventors -- Italy -- Biography. Telegraph, Wireless -- Marconi system -- History.
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Isbn: 9780307351920 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader) 0307351920 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
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Format: Ebook
Author: Larson, Erik
Summary: 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, an era of séances, science, and fog, 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 crime.--From publisher description.
Title: Thunderstruck [electronic resource] / Erik Larson.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 463 p.) : ill., maps
Subjects: Crippen, Hawley Harvey, 1862-1910
Subjects: Marconi, Guglielmo, marchese, 1874-1937
Subjects: Murderers -- England -- London -- Biography.
Subjects: Murder -- England -- London -- Case studies
Subjects: Murder -- Investigation -- Great Britain -- Case studies.
Subjects: Inventors -- Italy -- Biography.
Subjects: Telegraph, Wireless -- Marconi system -- History.
Genre: Electronic books.
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 437-443) and index.
Notes: Description based on print version record.
Contents: The mysterious passengers -- Ghosts and gunfire -- Betrayal -- Secrets -- An inspector calls -- The finest time -- Pursuit by thunder -- Epilogue : into the ether -- Coda : voyager.
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Web Site: http://myrcpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=78E649AC-07E5-4CC5-8296-5D422A7E602B Click here to check out and download.
ISBN: 9780307351920 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
ISBN: 0307351920 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
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Call Number: HV6248.C75 L37 2006
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