I was blown away by the brilliance of Larson's The Devil in the White City when I listened to it about a year and a half ago, so I knew that Thunderstruck was going to be great, too. Here, Larson tells two fascinating stories that converge at the mother of all low-speed chases (by ship). On the one hand, we learn about Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) and how his uprbinging and education led him to experiments in wireless technology, something that many other scientists and researchers were interested in at the turn of the twentieth century. On the other hand, we learn about the strange, tragic life of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen (1862-1910), a practicioner of homeopathic medicine and later employee at various patent medicine companies.
This recommendation comes from Sarah O. Follow her on Tumblr at tales-and-tea.tumblr.com and on twitter @tales_and_tea.
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