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

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Read The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Online Free - Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor.

Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims.



Title : The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
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ISBN : 0739303406
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Audio Cassette
Number of Pages : 447 pages


Reviews


Jason rated it ★★★☆☆

January 29, 2015

This book is two, two, two books in one! Sorry, that was annoying. But it’s almost as if Erik Larson wrote two really short books—one about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and another about the murder spree of Dr. H. H. Holmes—and then shoved them together to create a single story. The resul...


Madeline rated it ★★★☆☆

June 12, 2013

Poor Erik Larson. He wanted to write an extensive, in-depth look at the 1893 World's Fair, which was a collaboration of some of the greatest creative minds in the country (including the guy who designed the Flatiron building in New York and Walt Disney's dad) and gave us, among other things, the F...


Seth rated it ★★★★★

April 24, 2012

Humour me and please allow the channeling an eighth grader for just a moment. OMG Squeee!!1 Teh best!! (Would an eighth grader say "teh best"?) And now we return you to our regularly scheduled review. I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction. Scratch that. I'm a huge fan of non-fiction, but not so huge a...


Danielle rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 27, 2008

So, no offense to those that liked this book, but I'm throwing in the towel after 75 pages. It's just not holding my interest. Part of the reason for this is that Larson's writing style is way too speculative for my taste in non-fiction. I just finished reading the Path Between Seas by David McC...


David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party rated it ★★★★☆

February 22, 2017

For me, reviewing this book is similar to trying to review any Nicolas Cage movie from the past 20 years, in that if I was asked if Cage's over-the-top performance was the best thing or the worst thing about the movie, I could only answer... "Yes!" (Pictured - one of Nicolas Cage's more subdued pe...


Henry rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

The White City rises above the lake, like a fantasy from another time that never existed, but the eyes do not deceive, this image is real, bright lights glow at night, millions of respectful , quiet , mesmerized people look and walk by, the moon shines and reflects on the gigantic white buildings...


James rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2008

Heard the one about the architect and the serial killer? It's not a bad joke, but it is a great book. The architect was Daniel Burnham, the driving force behind the Chicago World's Fair of 1893; the killer was H.H. Holmes, a Svengali-type figure who lured young women to his hotel and did the most...


Jonathan rated it ★★★★☆

October 22, 2016

I was genuinely excited to get back into this story every time I picked it up. At times, this jumble of factual events felt like a tale I would contrive while wandering aimlessly around Wikipedia (even though Erik Larson says he did not get information from the internet because, apparently all, d...


Lobstergirl rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 19, 2011

Larson could be the worst nonfiction writer working in America today. When he notes that "[Frederick Law] Olmsted was no literary stylist. Sentences wandered through the report like morning glory through the pickets of a fence" he might as well be describing himself. It's painful to make your way...


Jim rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2016

A fascinating book and an easy read. Chapter by chapter, in simple chronological order, the author juxtaposes preparations for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with the doings of one of the country’s first serial murders. From the Fair’s chapters we learned how Chicago’s boosterism won it the fair f...





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