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

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Author
Erik Larson
ISBN
9780609608449
In The Devil in the White City, the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. 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. To find out more about this book, go to http: //www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Erik LarsonPublisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)Published: 02/11/2003ISBN: 9780609608449Pages: 464Weight: 1.67lbsSize: 9.54h x 6.46w x 1.43dAward: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - NomineeAward: Book Sense Book of the Year Award - NomineeAward: Edgar Allan Poe Awards - WinnerAward: National Book Awards - FinalistAward: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award - WinnerAward: Washington State Book Award - WinnerReview Citations: Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2002 pg. 1676Publishers Weekly 12/16/2002 pg. 57Library Journal 01/01/2003 pg. 133Newsweek 02/10/2003 pg. 67BookPage 02/01/2003 pg. 5Booklist 02/15/2003 pg. 1022Booksense '76 Mar/Apr 2003 03/01/2003 pg. 1Entertainment Weekly 02/28/2003 pg. 82People Weekly 03/10/2003 pg. 46New York Times 03/09/2003 pg. 15Entertainment Weekly 12/26/2003 pg. 150Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2004 pg. 775LJ Best Books of Year 01/01/2004 pg. 49Library Journal 01/15/2003Entertainment Weekly 03/13/2015 pg. 58Accelerated 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

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