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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Larson writes so well and is really able to transport the reader back in time to the period. But I'm not sure his parallel plot lines (building the white city and the serial killer) did full justice to either story. Still, his writing is compelling. Read full review

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The story of the World's fair in Chicago in the late 1800s. Along for the ride came the first of many identified serial killers, one HH Holmes, hence the title of the book, Devil in the White City. I ... Read full review

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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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