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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
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Oct 17, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: history-non-fiction
Read in February, 2008

With incredible deftness, Larson weaves together the stories of an Italian scientist and inventor and a British hack physician and hapless lover. The setting is Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time that saw Edwardian indulgences and a fascination with mysticism and magic dissolving before the advances in science, technology, and the inevitable march toward the first World War.

This book is a lesson in history, an examination of the business and politics of technology and invention, a murder mystery, and an immensely satisfying thriller. That it is a true story - or a tapestry of true events- makes it all the more gripping. An outstanding read.
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message 1: by Elisabeth (new)

Elisabeth Thanks for the recommendation, Julie! If you gave it 5 stars, I'm sure it's worth a read. :)

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Charisse Yes thanks Julie - I'll have to check this one out!!!

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Sawsee2 Thanks Julie! I'll have to add it to my 'to read' pile.

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