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Erik Larsonís The Devil in the White City, published in February 2003, became a #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, was a National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award winner, and has remained on the paperback list for nearly three years (and counting). Larson also wrote Isaacís Storm, published by Crown in September 1999. The book launched as a New York Times bestseller; it also became a bestseller in Germany. The American Meteorology Society gave the book its prestigious Louis J. Battan Authorís Award. The Washington Post called it the ďJaws of hurricane yarns.Ē

For his latest book, Thunderstruck, released by Three Rivers Press in paperback on September 25, Larson conducted research in London, Munich, Rome, Nova Scotia, and Cape Cod. Along the way, to broaden his understanding of Marconi and his roots, he began the study of Italian and, after more than two years of study, achieved an elementary grasp of the language and an advanced appreciation for Italian red wines.

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Russian history, language, and culture. He received a master's in journalism from Columbia University. After a brief stint at the Bucks County Courier Times, Larson became a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, and later a contributing writer for Time magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic Monthly, Harperís, The New Yorker, and other publications.

Larson lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, and a golden retriever named Molly. Numerous beloved rodents are buried in his backyard.

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