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de Erik Larson

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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:IDWTED
Títol:The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Autors:Erik Larson
Informació:Vintage (2004), Paperback, 447 pages
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America de Erik Larson (Author) (2003)

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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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I am torn about this book. I am going to refrain from a review until further notice. ( )
  MarlaBurr | Mar 14, 2021 |
I love history. And Devil in the White City is one of the best books one can find on Chicago history. The story centers on the World's Fair held in Chicago in 1893 and moves between the lives of Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes. Burnham was a supremely important architect in the rise of Chicago and the organization of the Fair. Holmes was a ruthless serial killer living in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood at the same time. Larson writes like a novelist. Holmes claimed to be the devil, and his actions seemed to prove this to be true. Parts of his story are gruesome, so be prepared. However, overall the book is excellent. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
A great history, alternating between descriptions of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and of serial killer H.H. Holmes, who preyed on young women in Chicago at the time of the Fair. At times in the book I wished for the Fair sections to finish so I could get back to the eerie tale of Holmes; at others, I couldn't wait to get back to the surprisingly compelling story of the Fair's unexpected triumph. Very well done. ( )
  dhmontgomery | Dec 13, 2020 |
This was really good. I enjoyed the story and I learned a lot about the time period. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
This book is so much more than I expected!! Interested in learning more about serial killer H.H.Holmes and his murderous ways in Chicago in the late 1800's, I was pleasantly surprised that this book is more about the 1893 World's Fair than about the serial killer. I found myself enjoying the history of the planning, building and showmanship of the World's Fair even more than the horrific facts about Holmes' activities. From the AC power provided by Nikola Tesla that lit up the entire grounds to the huge wheel designed by George Ferris, the World's Fair was a wondrous spectacle that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the city. An unintended result was that the Fair also brought many young women new to the city and unchaperoned for the first time....some of whom fell victim to the charms and murderous intent of H.H. Holmes.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The audiobook is just over 15 hours long and narrated by Scott Brick. I like Brick's voice, and he read at a nice even pace. I have hearing loss, but had no problem hearing and understanding the audio. Larson obviously did copious amounts of research into the planning, construction and details of the World's Fair. He gives so much detail about all aspects of the event, and of H.H.Holmes' life, crimes, capture and subsequent prosecution and execution. Great story!

Note of caution: This book is Non-fiction, and not written like a narrative story. There are lots of facts and information about the Fair, its planning and engineering, the events, people, etc.....plus copious details about H.H. Holmes. This does not read like a fictional novel or story! Readers who don't enjoy historical accounts with lots and lots of details...this might not be the book for you. History buffs or those who love great details like how many people could ride the first Ferris wheel at one time or how many people attended the Fair each day, etc....will LOVE this!! I sure did!

Erik Larson has written several other non-fiction narratives about historical events including Dead Wake (about the sinking of the Lusitania) and Thunderstruck (about the capture of the murderer Dr. Crippen). ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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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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"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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