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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
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Two stories here: first you have Marconi and the history of wireless telegraphy, and second you have the story of Dr. Crippen, an apparently famous murderer I'd never heard of. They are tenuously connected by Crippen's capture being the first ever to have been directly aided by wireless. Honestly, the two stories were too far apart for too much of the book. It didn't make sense for them to be in the same book. That said, I did enjoy them individually. Marconi's tale got a bit dry from time to time, but Crippen's tale was fascinating. I also noticed something strange: you know the cartoon stereotype with the fat, overbearing wife in furs and pearls with the small, meek husband with thick glasses? I'm pretty sure that's a caricature of Dr. Crippen and his wife. Which adds a whole new macabre dimension to the old cartoons. Anyway, Larson once again wrote a nonfiction book that (more or less) reads like fiction, so I will definitely be picking up his other works as I come across them.

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Reading Progress

October 21, 2014 – Started Reading
October 21, 2014 – Shelved
October 30, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Cheryl I will have to give this one a try -- I have been wanting to find out more about Dr. Crippen. My entire knowledge base comes from the occasional reference in some British mystery where someone is referred to as a Crippen by other characters.

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