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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 America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's 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 "World's 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 reader 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 book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Erik Larson's 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.

Synopsis:

A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.

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Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson's spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men--the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

About the Author

Erik Larson lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, a Chinese fighting fish, a dwarf hamster, and a golden retriever named Molly.

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Table of Contents

Evils imminent — Prologue, aboard the Olympic (1912) — Frozen music (Chicago, 1890-1891) — An awful fight — In the white city — Cruelty revealed (1894-5) Property of H.H. Holmes — Epilogue, the last crossing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400076314
Subtitle:
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Larson, Erik
Author:
Erik Larson
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
True Crime-Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
History-United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
History-United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
History : United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
True Crime : Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
History : United States - 19th Century
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Americana-Midwest
Subject:
Audio Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Audio Books-US History
Subject:
Audio Books-World History
Subject:
Crime-General
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
US History-1800 to 1945
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040210
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
447

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 447 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9781400076314 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson's spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men--the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.
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