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

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

The 1893 Chicago World's Fair is the setting for this true account of two very different men: the celebrated architect Daniel H. Burnham who designed and supervised the construction of the White City around which the fair was built, and H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett), a fiendishly clever serial killer posing as a doctor who murdered scores of people, mostly young women, in his World's Fair Hotel, which contained a gas chamber and a handy crematorium for disposing of his victims. Telling their entwined stories in alternating points of view, Erik Larson illuminates the lives of these two men, but provides insightful commentary on the changes that were taking place in American society that allowed both phenomena--a grandiose World's Fair and a string of unsolved murders--to take place. The book contains cameo appearances by such late-19th-century celebrities as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison.
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Name:
The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Illinois)
Manufacturer:
Random House
MPN:
0609608444
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UPC:
978060960844
GTIN-14:
09780609608449
ISBN:
0609608444

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