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

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“As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find.” —San Francisco Chronicle

The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enliven your groups discussion of Erik Larsons gripping account of the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair.

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Judy Riggs, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Judy Riggs)
Absolutely fascinating read - a magical fair, a serial killer, hordes of famous people, tragedy, triumph - Erik Larson did a masterful job!
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misszombie22, April 26, 2007 (view all comments by misszombie22)
i like how he explianed how the fair would become to other as in only poe could dream of such an event that is about to happen. its aslo very interesting.
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As much as I wanted to like the book, I found it immensly plodding and highly differing towards unneccessary plot. With that, I feel the need to let other people know before they spend more than the book deserves.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780609608449
Author:
Larson, Erik
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Author:
Schechter, Harold
Location:
New York
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Architects
Subject:
Serial murders - Illinois - Chicago
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) - History - 19th century
Subject:
United States - 19th 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;american;america;thriller;daniel burnham;1890s;
Subject:
Pathological Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Illinois
Series Volume:
GTR-547
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP, 7 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.26 lb

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Product details 368 pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780609608449 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An amazing history that recounts the inconceivable events surrounding the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Larson's tale captures a time and place that vividly come to life. The central characters in this tale are Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the fair, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the popularity of the fair for his own nefarious ends. Burnham's work at overcoming the insurmountable obstacles before completing this awe inspiring project is interwoven with chapters relating to the maniacal Holmes, whose person will keep you both captivated and haunted. Breathtakingly written, this almost unbelievable history reads like the work of a highly inventive novelist.

"Staff Pick" by ,

"I was mesmerized by this book. It was a deliciously creepy read, made more creepy for being true. Several times in the course of reading it, I had to keep reminding myself that the events really happened."

"Review A Day" by , "You've got to respect a book that makes you keep flipping to the back cover, double-checking that it is nonfiction. Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City seems like something from the mind of, say, Thomas Harris. But it is, in fact, true. A gruesome and gripping book....[T]he heart of the story is so good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Engrossing...exceedingly well documented...utterly fascinating."
"Review" by , "Another successful exploration of American history....Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World's Fair."
"Review" by , "Vivid history of the glittering Chicago World?s Fair and its dark side."
"Synopsis" by , A riveting account of a gruesome triple-homicide at Beekman Place in Depression Era New York, with an intriguing cast of characters including the brilliant but mentally-disturbed sculptor, Robert Irwin.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-429) and index.
"Synopsis" by , 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 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 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 book, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.

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