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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That… (2003 original; edició 2004)

de Erik Larson (Autor)

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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America₂s 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 fairgrounds₇a 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.… (més)
Membre:Jazzybabs
Títol:The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Autors:Erik Larson (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (2004), 447 pages
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The Devil in the White City de Erik Larson (Author) (2003)

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    Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris de David King (jbgryphon)
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    Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-of-the-Century Chicago de Harold Schechter (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: Another account of H.H. Holmes
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    A sangre fría de Truman Capote (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    American Gothic de Robert Bloch (CarlT)
    CarlT: Though AMERICAN GOTHIC is fiction and THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY is non-fiction, both books are based on the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 (nicknamed "The White City") and the horrific murders committed by serial killer Henry H. Holmes.
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    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil de John Berendt (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Offering rich details of Savannah in the 1980s (Midnight in the Garden) and Chicago in the 1890s (Devil in the White City), these well-researched and dramatic recreations of terrible crimes are equally compelling, despite differences in time period and location.… (més)
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    Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago de Richard C. Lindberg (meggyweg)
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    The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures de Edward Ball (davesmind)
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    Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul de Karen Abbott (DK_Atkinson, g33kgrrl)
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    The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago de Douglas Perry (browner56)
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    Walter Dew: The Man Who Caught Crippen de Nicholas Connell (mysterymax)
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    The City of Falling Angels de John Berendt (elbakerone)
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    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary de Simon Winchester (Stbalbach)
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    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective de Kate Summerscale (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The Devil In the White City and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher are compelling and richly detailed books about historical true crime. These stories present not only details about the crime but also about the social mores of the time.
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    bnbookgirl: mixing true crime with historical event

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This history of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and of the serial murderer that haunted its outskirts reads like a novel. I don't typically read much nonfiction, and I usually find history dull, but this book was fun, interesting, and educational! ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
Serial killers make no little plans, but H.H. Holmes' has no magic to stir men's blood. The banality of his crime stands in relief to the giant schemes of Daniel Burnham, Fredrick Law Olmstead and their cohorts in selling Chicago swampland as a world's fair site to rival Paris. Holmes just passes through the White City; the devil really is in the details. In college, the urban planning text bored me stiff -- I ditched that class to edit the student newspaper and ultimately develop an appreciation for the mystery genre. This Gilded Age procedural on the fair's creation might have inspired me to stick with planning, if not true-crime books.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
narrative nonfiction (sociopathic serial killer, architect worries, crime/politics in late 19th century Chicago) ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Was interesting to read, but not much happened in terms of buying into the characters. ( )
  Zach-Rigo | Jun 28, 2021 |
The Devil In The White City is a non fiction book written in the narrative style of a novel, and I enjoy that style of writing. The book actually reads like two in one, with one focus on the Colombian Exposition in Chicago, and the other focus being on a serial killer who preyed on people during that time as well. It is a quick, enjoyable read, and details The Gilded Age well. It gives a lot of detail and information about this time in Chicago's history, and left me wanting to read more about various subjects covered in the book. My only wish was that there were more photos of The White City, though it did lead me to make a Google Images search that led me to a treasure trove of photos. ( )
  lonetree1972 | Jun 1, 2021 |
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Mr. Larson has written a dynamic, enveloping book filled with haunting, closely annotated information. And it doesn't hurt that this truth really is stranger than fiction.
 

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Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.
Daniel H. Burnham

Director of Works

World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing.
Dr. H. H. Holmes

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—and to Molly, whose lust for socks

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"Suddenly New York and St. Louis wanted the fair. Washington laid claim to the honor on the grounds it was the center of government, New York because it was the center of everything. No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck."
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood"
"They are blue. Great murderers, like great men in other walks of activity, have blue eyes."
"In all the workforce in the park numbered four thousand. The ranks included a carpenter and furniture-maker named Elias Disney, who in coming years would tell many stories about the construction of this magical realm beside the lake. His son Walt would take note."
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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America₂s 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 fairgrounds₇a 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.

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