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The Resource 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, Erik Larson

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The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America
Title
The devil in the white city
Title remainder
murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America
Statement of responsibility
Erik Larson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. 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
Summary
An account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event--architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett
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Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2003.
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime, 2004.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2003.
  • International Horror Guild Award for Best Nonfiction, 2003.
  • YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2009.
Awards note
National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction, 2003
Biography type
collective biography
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156115
Cataloging source
DLC
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1954-
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Larson, Erik
Dewey number
364.15/23/0977311
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Mudgett, Herman W
  • World's Columbian Exposition
  • Burnham, Daniel Hudson
  • Burnham, Daniel Hudson
  • Mudgett, Herman W
  • World's Columbian Exposition
  • Serial murderers
  • Serial murders
  • Architects
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Architects
  • Serial murderers
  • Serial murders
  • Illinois
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America
Label
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America, Erik Larson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm51053561
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 447 pages
Isbn
9780609608449
Lccn
2002154046
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)51053561
Label
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America, Erik Larson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm51053561
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 447 pages
Isbn
9780609608449
Lccn
2002154046
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)51053561

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