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Thunderstruck [electronic resource] / Erik Larson.

By: Larson, Erik.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (ix, 463 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9780307351920 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader); 0307351920 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader).Subject(s): Crippen, Hawley Harvey, 1862-1910 | Murderers -- England -- London -- Biography | Murder -- England -- London -- Case studies | Murder -- Investigation -- Great Britain -- Case studies | Marconi, Guglielmo, marchese, 1874-1937 | Inventors -- Italy -- Biography | Telegraph, Wireless -- Marconi system -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Thunderstruck.DDC classification: 364.152/309421 Other classification: HU 9800 Online resources: Click here to access title or place hold
Contents:
The mysterious passengers -- Ghosts and gunfire -- Betrayal -- Secrets -- An inspector calls -- The finest time -- Pursuit by thunder -- Epilogue : into the ether -- Coda : voyager.
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.
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Maps on lining papers.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 437-443) and index.

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

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.

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