Londra, 1855. Dodicimila sterline in lingotti d’oro, destinate all’esercito britannico impegnato nella guerra di Crimea, vengono caricate sul sorvegliatissimo espresso Londra-Parigi. Quando però il treno giunge a destinazione, nonostante i sigilli siano ancora intatti, si scopre che le casseforti contengono soltanto pallini da caccia. L’incredibile storia del più audace colpo del secolo e del suo geniale ideatore, il ladro gentiluomo Edward Pierce.
- ISBN: 8811136148
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 231
In the very proper Victorian days of the British Empire, a shocking event caused much consternation, eventually called, "The Great Train Robbery" of 1855, the newspapers are stunned imagine such a crime in this civilized age ! Gold bullion was stolen, from the luggage compartment and the guaranteed, Leggi tutto
In Victorian London, can Edward Pierce and his cronies pull off a train heist and get away with a fortune in gold bullion? Like quite a few of my reads over the years, this book appeared on my radar courtesy of Kemper. We were discussing the Breaking Bad episode Dead Freight and he asked if I'd ever Leggi tutto
Do you like Jigsaw puzzles? Imagine you are solving one: we'll start with hundreds of tiny pieces and a picture of the finished puzzle as the reference. That means we know where the puzzle is leading us, but we are not sure how all these tiny pieces are going to come together to form the big picture Leggi tutto
The book came highly recommended to me by Jaya, Tarinee, and Smitha. There must be something special about this book that they've such high regards fof this book. So I put all other books on my current read shelf on hold and started reading this. And I am so glad that I read it. This book is a perfe Leggi tutto
If I am capable of guilt when it comes to my literary tastes The Great Train Robbery could be a "guilty pleasure," but how can a man who did his honours thesis on Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery feel any guilt over loving The Great Train Robbery ? He can't. And I don't. It is an exemplar of Leggi tutto
Reasons why I implore you to check out this book The Setting: The 1850's, Victorian England. Rich, colourful and detailed, this is one of the most dynamic periods of English history, forever loved by readers both young and old. It was a world of contradictions: beneath the aforementioned richnes
This one was a a really great and exciting read. I had picked it out from my library without knowing how good it really is. Initially I even thought if the book is fiction or true crime. Reviewing this book is a bit of a challenge as I don't want to include any spoilers and mar the joy of reading thi Leggi tutto
This is the book which introduced me to Michael Crichton, and his inimitable way of mixing fact and fiction so that the borders are blurred, like shading is done in watercolour paintings. I loved it enough to read almost all of his remaining works. As some critic once said: "Michael Crichton is too s Leggi tutto
3/10 I was not expecting this to be written as a factual book with a little bit of dramatisation thrown in to cover the unknown parts of the history. It didn't work for me in the slightest. The large info dumps were scattered throughout, pretty much every chapter starts with them and then almost as a Leggi tutto
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