I have read other Eric Larson books, the latest being The Splendid and the Vile, but Thunderstruck is one of the poorest written books I can remember. It is supposed to be a history but the way it was written is confusing and boring. Too many disparate stories are interspersed together in one section and chapter. I lost track of what I was reading and put the book down after 10% of it read. Too bad the return policy is 7days as I went over that trying to read and re-read so much, trying to make sense out of what I was reading. Don't waste your money on this book.