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

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    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,......more

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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.

Erik Larson, author of the international bestseller Isaac’s Storm, has written for Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Time, where he is a contributing writer. He is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Seattle with his wife, three daughters, and assorted pets, including a golden retriever named Molly.

Author:
Larson, Erik
Genre:
TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
464
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Publish Date:
02/01/2004
Copyright Year:
2003
ISBN:
9780375725609
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
1.5 in
Unit weight:
1.0 lb
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  • If you like history; if you like mystery; if you like darned fine writing, buy this book. Especially if you live in Chicago. I give it a rave review.

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    Anonymous from chicago, Jan 30, 2006

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  • Educational and suspenseful

    I should have read this years ago. One of the best books I have every read. This is especiallly interesting to anyone from in and around Chicago. So much information about arcitecture in Chicago, along with the suspense of a good and true murder mystery.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? excellent
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? very accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. fine quality
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    mo67 from Burbank, IL, May 2, 2012

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    Fast delivery and a great price---doesn't get any better!

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    winefancy from NY, Mar 19, 2009

  • Lots of White City, Little of the Devil

    The Devil in the White City is a riveting chronicle of the personality confilcts, economic challenges and strokes of pure bad luck that plagued the architects who created the Chicago World's Fair. Tantilizing bits of information are dropped throughout about Dr. H.H. Holmes and the horrors he committed in his house, and we are treated to dribbles of information on the workings of his clearly damaged mind, but the teaser is never satisfied. 95% of the book focuses on the Fair and immensely satisfies the curiosity of those who really wonder how it all came together as a fleeting flash of historical greatness, but the 5% we get on Dr. Holmes and his unfortunate victims is almost an afterthought. It seems as though Larsen's original intent was to juxtapose the brightness of the fair and the brilliance of its architects against the darkness of a mad mind calculating the slow torture and death of his victims, but overall the battle of light and dark seems to be waged between the public perception of the Fair's creation as something that magically happened and the reality of the down-and-dirty struggle to realize a dream against enormous odds. Another 50 or so pages of investigation and detail, rather than scores upon scores of endnotes that refer to documents unavailable to the general public, would have been more satisfying. Nevertheless, the sparcity of detail on Holmes' crimes is sufficient to ignite the reader's further interest. Criminologists will no doubt find it disappointing, but overall, the book is a grand read for anyone interested in urban history, architecture or sociology.

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    starfire27 from Long Island, New York, Jan 19, 2008

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