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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)
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Títol:The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Autors:Erik Larson (Autor)
Informació:Crown (2003), Edition: 1st, 447 pages
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The Devil in the White City de Erik Larson (2003)

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This book is a look at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. It also contains assassination of a public figure and the murder of countless people at the hands of a supremely disturbed individual. The amount of research and the information shared within the book's pages is mind boggling. I think the actual descriptions of the Fair itself were fascinating to read. The accounts of how the fair came into existence and the building of it were, to me, mind numbing. The disappearance and subsequent murders of a large number of people was interesting, especially because the murderer got away with it for so long.

An interesting look at Chicago life and a world-renowned Fair in 1893. ( )
  briandrewz | Nov 11, 2021 |
I feel like the author tried to do too much with this book. There were so many storylines and people to cover and I didn't think it meshed together very well at times. I didn't like the constant bouncing back and forth either. Perhaps this would have been a better reading experience if I had read it over a couple of days instead of a couple of weeks. ( )
  AngelClaw | Oct 30, 2021 |
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson is a 2003 publication.

Astounding!

I recently read a review of this book online, which reminded me that I had a copy of it on my bookshelf. I was sure I had already read this book- albeit a long time ago- but I had not added it to my online book sites, had not rated it or reviewed it – which prompted an internal debate with myself – did I- or did I not read this book?

I was positive I had, but because I had read several other books about H.H. Holmes, I wanted to sure before I packed the book in my donation box. Not only that, since I had never reviewed the book I wanted to get one posted, either way.

As it turns out, I was right- I had read it- but it was so long ago many of the details had faded from my memory.

To be clear, this is a true crime book about H. H. Holmes, but it's much more that- it's also about a time, a place, a huge event in history, and those who brought it all together. It's a horrifying story, but also a fascinating one.

Larson is quite something, isn’t he? The research is, of course, phenomenal, but it’s the way he makes history come to life that kept me turning those pages.

The book reads like a novel, which, as we know, is an approach many True Crime authors have mastered, but is a bit harder to pull off when writing about history. Anyone who feels history or nonfiction is too dry should give this book a try!

Larson had me in the palm of his hand and despite my penchant for True Crime, it was the planning and execution of the magnificent World Fair that takes center stage. The architecture, all the vivid details, the people behind the scenes, and the influx of people into the city was just incredible.

But evil was lurking in the background and the fair turned out to be the perfect environment for a serial killer- H. H. Holmes- to be exact.

Holmes was most assuredly the stuff nightmares are made of!! He got away with so much, for such a long time, it was hard to take it all in!! Times were so different back then too- which made it easier for Holmes to con a more trusting public.

Overall, Larson has a unique approach, and a well organized presentation, bringing together two seemingly different subjects, and linking them together in such a way that one can hardly tear themselves away from the pages.

That’s a rare talent for historical writing. I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys true crime and history, of course, but even if you usually prefer fiction, you’ll probably still find this book of great interest!!

4.5 stars ( )
  gpangel | Oct 27, 2021 |
It's once again testing season in American schools, and today was one of those days when the principal told me that I couldn't have library check-out due to the need for absolute silence. (There's a hint of irony in there somewhere.) Undaunted, I turned to the seemingly never-ending piles of books that need to be repaired and got out my supplies. This is a dull task however, so I turned to an ebook to read while mending torn pages and dismembered (book) spines. This particular book has been on my list to read for a while, and it seemed as good as time as any to start reading it...

...And ultimately finishing it in one day also. I'm a pretty big history buff, and I've heard of H.H. Holmes before, along with the Great Fair of 1893, and I know way more about the labor disputes happening in Chicago than I care to (all thanks to one particularly union-minded professor in college.) I wasn't sure how Larson was going to tie all of these things (and much more!) together, but somehow he managed to make a compelling, oft-horrifying narrative story out of it. I won't say it was done seamlessly, because there were times when the information dragged and I wanted him to get to the point quicker, but the fascination and curiosity to see what connections he would make next encouraged me onward.

Larson seems to have done his research meticulously and it isn't often that I can get through a nonfiction text so quickly. I commend him for taking so many tangled threads and weaving it into a tale that rapidly turns from awe to terror to infuriation to sadness.

He certainly helped me get my piles of books that needed to be fixed down to only a few small stacks - I can't remember the last time that happened all in one day! I look forward to reading more books by him. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
I definitely enjoyed the mystery and intrigue in this book. I must admit, I was more interested in the parts of this book that were about the murderer H.H. Holmes. The stuff about the construction of the fair got more interesting as the book went on but generally, the murder was more interesting. Having recently read In Cold Blood, I can see the influence it had on this book very clearly. Overall I thought this was a fascinating look at some very interesting figures in history. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 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.
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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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