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November 1, 2011
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Non-Fiction (1900-1945)

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What Members Thought

Jennifer W
I've decided listening to non-fiction on cd is not for me. I think I would have liked this book a good deal more if I had just read it. However, I found the "cast of characters" interesting. I am now anxious to see the PBS show "Secrets of the Dead" on Dr. Crippen as the preview hints that there may be evidence that he was not the murderer.
Carly Svamvour
Dec 13, 2011 Carly Svamvour rated it really liked it
That was actually the second time around for me - the first time, I read through the text version. This time it was audio.

Amazing piece of history there. The author told the stories so well, I forgot it was factual history. It flowed like good fiction.

Jill Hutchinson
Apr 15, 2009 Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!!! Erik Larson is one helluva writer and he does it again with this melding of two disparate events (the birth of the Marconi wireless and the flight of a murderer) into a cohesive story. I love his books and this one does not disappoint.
Jul 05, 2009 Luci rated it liked it
I liked this one quite a bit, although not as much as Devil in the White City.
May 01, 2011 Nancy rated it did not like it
I have no objection to popular history, but this was just cheesy. Patronizing (hansom cabs were named after their inventor, not because they were handsome), incorrect (misquoted Mrs. Patrick Campbell and ascribed it to Edward VII), absurd (a neighborhood "charged with sexual energy") and filled with extraneous information from the past or future (do we care that Mary Wollstonecraft lived on the same street a century earlier?). Here's a quote about Queen Victoria to give you the flavor, "Yet quee ...more
Feb 18, 2011 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: 19th-century, history
I was underwhelmed. The connections between Crippen and Marconi are often strained and therefore the book tended to drift apart into two separate lines of narrative that occasionally had frail strings of connection between them but failed to cohere into a compelling whole.
Barbara Smith
Aug 04, 2012 Barbara Smith rated it it was amazing
Felisa Rosa
Apr 14, 2009 Felisa Rosa rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Sep 08, 2015 Kwoomac marked it as to-read
May 05, 2012 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Dec 06, 2011 Ally rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Oct 25, 2011 Maggie marked it as to-read
Gary Smith
Jun 30, 2011 Gary Smith rated it really liked it
Heather (DeathByBook)
Oct 31, 2009 Heather (DeathByBook) marked it as to-read
Jan 26, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Jan C
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Jan 21, 2014 Candace marked it as to-read
Karen Michele
Oct 01, 2014 Karen Michele marked it as to-read
Nov 07, 2011 Ellen marked it as considering-reading-these
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Debbie Hoffman
May 10, 2011 Debbie Hoffman marked it as to-read
Shelves: non-fiction, history, own
Nov 05, 2010 Kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: byt, histories
Mar 08, 2013 Whitney marked it as to-read
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