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

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

Author: Erik Larson
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Book Title
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Author
Erik Larson
ISBN
9780375725609
This New York Times bestseller intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction. 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. 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.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Erik LarsonPublisher: VintagePublished: 02/10/2004ISBN: 9780375725609Pages: 464Weight: 0.95lbsSize: 7.90h x 5.10w x 1.00dReview Citations: BookPage 02/01/2004 pg. 24Kliatt 05/01/2004 pg. 38Booksense '76 Reading Grp 04 05/01/2004 pg. 1People Weekly 03/18/2013 pg. 53Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 106685 / Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaReading Level: 9.2 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 23

This New York Times bestseller intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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. 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.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Erik Larson
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 02/10/2004
ISBN: 9780375725609
Pages: 464
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.10w x 1.00d

Review Citations: BookPage 02/01/2004 pg. 24
Kliatt 05/01/2004 pg. 38
Booksense '76 Reading Grp 04 05/01/2004 pg. 1
People Weekly 03/18/2013 pg. 53

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 106685 / Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Reading Level: 9.2 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 23

This New York Times bestseller intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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. 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.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Erik Larson
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 02/10/2004
ISBN: 9780375725609
Pages: 464
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.10w x 1.00d

Review Citations: BookPage 02/01/2004 pg. 24
Kliatt 05/01/2004 pg. 38
Booksense '76 Reading Grp 04 05/01/2004 pg. 1
People Weekly 03/18/2013 pg. 53

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 106685 / Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Reading Level: 9.2 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 23