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

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

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. 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, 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. 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.

Erik Larson

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

Erik Larson, author of the international bestseller Isaac's Storm, was nominated for a National Book Award for The Devil in the White City, which also won an Edgar Award for fact-crime writing. His latest book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, has been acquired for publication in 20 countries and optioned by Tom Hanks for a feature film. Erik is a for

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Original Title The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America ISBN 0739303406 (ISBN13: 9780739303405 ) Edition Language English Characters Daniel Burnham, H.H. Holmes setting Chicago, Illinois (United States) Illinois (United States) Literary Awards International Horror Guild Award for Nonfiction (2003), Great Lakes Book Award for Nonfiction Shortlist (2003), Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime (2004), Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book (2004), Washington State Book Award (2004) ...more Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2004), National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction (2003), CWA Gold Dagger Award (2003) ...less (69)