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Non-Fiction (1900-1945)

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Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was a slow build up and the technical stuff got a bit heavy at times but I couldnt put this down. Larson very cleverly gave the reader a good insight into life at the turn of the twentieth century with lots of digressionary writing which kept the story going. I did find the Marconi information hard going coupled with the fact that he came across as very single minded to the cost of everything else.I also,dare I say it! felt sorry for Crippen and found it hard to be ...more
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 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.

Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Erik Larson is a great writer and weaves a great tale of historical events with depth and insight. This is one of his better ones.
Apr 30, 2011 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
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked this one quite a bit, although not as much as Devil in the White City.
Jan 17, 2011 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.
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