Your coupon has been activated.
Coupon Activated

Similar Items

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

You will earn $0.53 (5%) on this product with Club O Gold.

Rewards

SILVER

FREE

2% Rewards

Keep shopping on Overstock

Exclusive Offers

Straight to your inbox

5% Dining Rewards

Get paid to go out tonight

GOLD

$19.95/yr.

5% Rewards

Earn even faster

Exclusive Offers

Straight to your inbox

5% Dining Rewards

Get paid to go out tonight

Free Shipping

Never pay extra

Exclusive Rewards

Save big-- up to 40%

Today: $10.62
Free Shipping*
ITEM# 2219130
  • Delivery Estimate

    Select a Product Option to view shipping

    • Product Alerts

      Stay in the know! Choose which alerts you’d like to receive on this product.

    Love this item?

    Save it to a list so you can find it anytime!


    Oops,

    something went wrong.

    Please refresh the page and try again.


    Details

    ITEM#: 2219130

    ERIK LARSON is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts,Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies. His magazine stories have appeared inThe New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and other publications and his books have been published in fourteen countries.
    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.

    Specs

    ISBN 9780375725609
    Genre TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 464
    Publisher Date 2004-02-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 2003
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.0 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Larson, Erik

    Customer Reviews


    5 Stars
    4
    4 Stars
    1
    3 Stars
    0
    2 Stars
    0
    1 Stars
    0
    • Most Helpful

    • 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.

      Read More
    • 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.

      Read More
    • Most Recent

    • Book

      Excellent ... worth the read!

      Read More
    • 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.

      Read More
    • Can't ask for more

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

      Read More

    Questions & Answers

    Yay! Be the first to ask a question about this product.

    Shopping Tips & Inspiration

    Shipping & Returns

    Shipping:

    This item will be delivered to you via USPS Trackable Media Mail or UPS Mail Innovations and will take from 2 days to 3 weeks from the time the item leaves our warehouse. *

    Standard Return Policy:

    Items must be returned in new or unused condition and contain all original materials included with the shipment. More Details

    FINAL SALE EXCLUSION: Items marked as FINAL SALE are not returnable unless the problem you experience is the result of our error.

    For your protection, all orders are screened for security purposes. If your order is selected for review, our Loss Prevention Team may contact you by phone or email. There may be a two business day delay to process your order.

    ** Most Oversize orders are delivered within 1-4 weeks. Some orders may take 6 weeks to be delivered.

    You May Also Like

    |