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

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

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    ISBN 9780609608449
    Genre TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 464
    Publisher Date 2003-02-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Crown Pub
    Copyright Year 2003
    Height 9.5 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.38 in
    Unit weight 1.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Larson, Erik

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    • Excellent!

      Erik Larson will entertain, educate, and amaze with his story telling of an actual period in American history. We have two parallel stories here: the undertaking and creation of America's first World's Fair ever, scheduled to take place in Chicago, and a charming, good-looking madman who views the throngs of visiting women to the city as his playing field for depravity and murder. It's an a totally engrossing story, all true, and all accounts, conversations, and exchanges documented. Larson doesn't miss around. Should The Devil in the White City be the reader's first experience with Erik Larson, I assure you, it won't be his or her last. I have recommended this book to many and they, in turn, have recommended it to many more. Get it, and hold on to your hat. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

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      Read this a long time ago and am just now doing ratings.

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    • The Devil in the White City

      Good book. Worth reading for the historical info only but much better than just that.

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