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

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Thorndike Press, Mar 8, 2013 - History - 691 pages
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A New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, A Library Journal Best Book of the Year -- Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. Daniel Hudson Burnham, a renowned architect, was the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor, was the satanic murderer of scores of young women in a torture palace built for the purpose near the fairgrounds.

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Extremely well researched. - Goodreads
I found his writing style overwrought and a bit sloppy. - Goodreads
Interesting story with lots of cool factoids. - Goodreads
The actual writing did not impress me. - Goodreads
I absolutely loved the premise of this book. - Goodreads
Larson's prose is riveting. - Goodreads

Review: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

User Review  - Linda Appelbaum - Goodreads

Wonderfully exciting book with so much happening...the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 and how it came to be along side one of the most horrible serial killers of the time. There were many fascinating ... Read full review

Review: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

User Review  - Edy Gies - Goodreads

Let me preface this review by saying that before I read this book I knew nothing about the 1893 World's Fair. This fact embarrasses me because I love history and I live relatively close to the city of ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Erik Larson was born in Brooklyn on January 3, 1954. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and went to graduate school at Columbia University. Larson worked for the Wall Street Journal and then began writing non-fiction books. He is the bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award-winning, The Devil in the White City, which has been optioned for a feature film by Leonardo DiCaprio. He also wrote In the Garden of the Beasts, Issac's Storm, Thunderstruck and The Naked Consumer. Larson has taught non-fiction writing at San Francisco State University, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the University of Oregon.

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