Book Review


  • Erik Larson
  • Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • 2006
  • ★★★☆☆

Set in a world made smaller by technology–over one hundred years ago–Thunderstruck is a woven narrative of invention, ambition, competition, and murder. At the turn of the 20th century Guglielmo Marconi and contemporaries pursue the original wireless known as "wireless telegraphy." Meanwhile, a mild-mannered doctor of homeopathy pursues love abroad in London. Their lives are destined to converge thanks to Marconi's new invention.

In one way, it's the story of the birth of our 24x7 news cycle.