Thunderstruck by Erik Larson is an amazing non-fiction work that was published in 2006 but only recently found its way into my Kindle library.
The historical piece weaves disparate tales into a single compelling narrative that will appeal to anyone with an appreciation for adventure and the history of radio.
From events at the dawn of the 20th century, the author manages to work the story of Marconi’s discovery and commercialization of radio along with a love affair and murder mystery that runs smack into the invention of wireless on the high seas.
Set in London and along the angry coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod and Nova Scotia around the turn of the last century. And all of this against the backdrop of geo-political intrigue that would eventually lead nations into the First World War.
It’s almost certain that you will take from these pages things you never knew or considered about the complicated and convoluted story that attended the discovery of the magic that is radio.
Mesmerizing from first to last page, this one richly belongs on the bookshelf or nightstand of any real radio enthusiast.
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