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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
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Sep 08, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: jeff, bruce
Read in June, 2007

This was very interesting. It's a non-fiction book about the famous Crippen murder in England, how wireless communication came about, and how these two events connected somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. I didn't know about the Crippen murder until I read this book, which I thought was a good thing, it added a bit more suspense to the book. Apparently, it is the second most famous murder in Britain, after Jack the Ripper. It did take me awhile to get into this book, about halfway through I was really intrigued. I do think it was a little too descriptive about the wireless communication and how that came about. I was much more interested in the murder parts. Anyway, a very interesting read.
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Corey I agree with the four stars. I read this book about a year ago, so I don't remember a lot of it. The portions about the wireless telegraphy were interesting, but it's really the Crippen murder mystery that carry the book. I recommend Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I enjoyed it more than Thunderstruck. It's about the Chicago World Fair and Dr. HH Holmes, who is one of America's most famous (or infamous) serial killers.

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