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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized Americas rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fairs brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the countrys most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “Worlds Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

The Devil in the White City draws the listener into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this audiobook the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Erik Larsons gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

To find out more about this audiobook, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.

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ISBN:
9780739343814
Author:
Larson, Erik
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read by:
Brick, Scott
Read:
Brick, Scott
Author:
Brick, Scott
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Serial murders - Illinois - Chicago
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
history;chicago;non-fiction;true crime;architecture;murder;crime;serial killer;world s fair;mystery;fiction;19th century;chicago world s fair;american history;historical fiction;historical;biography;illinois;america;american;thriller;daniel burnham;1890s;
Subject:
history;chicago;non-fiction;true crime;architecture;murder;crime;serial killer;world s fair;mystery;fiction;19th century;chicago world s fair;american history;historical fiction;historical;biography;illinois;american;america;thriller;daniel burnham;1890s;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Twelve CD
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.94x5.08x1.17 in. .69 lbs.
Media Run Time:
870

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