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Erik Larson
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There are numerous parallels between the early decade of the 20th century as depicted in Thunderstruck and the first decade of the 21st century, such as the fast advance of technology, fears of terrorist (anarchist) attacks, and immigration problems. Elaborate on the similarities and differences of these topics and their implications in the setting of Thunderstruck and today.

In reference to Marconi's early business modal, Thunderstruck notes the "tension between science and enterprise, openness and secrecy" (p. 243). In what ways was the competitive environment faced by Marconi and his company similar to today's rapid innovations in social media? In what ways was it different?

How would you compare Marconi's entrepreneurial style to that of today's business innovators? Would Marconi have been a success in the business climate of the 21st century?

In the pages of Thunderstruck, Marconi is regularly described as being socially inconsiderate...

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