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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
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Erik Larson
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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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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.
Biography type
collective biography
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156115
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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1954-
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Larson, Erik.
Dewey number
364.15/23/0977311
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6248.M8
LC item number
L37 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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OverDrive, Inc
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True
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  • Burnham, Daniel Hudson
  • Mudgett, Herman W
  • World's Columbian Exposition
  • Serial murderers
  • Serial murderers
  • Serial murders
  • Serial murders
  • Electronic books
Target audience
adult
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murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America
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The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America, Erik Larson
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  • Title from eBook information screen
  • "Vintage eBooks"--Cover image
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Evils imminent -- Prologue, aboard the Olympic -- Frozen music -- An awful fight -- In the white city -- Cruelty revealed -- Epilogue, the last crossing
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other
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400076314
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(electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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unknown
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unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn233697520
  • (OCoLC)233697520
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  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1800 KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2974 KB)
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America, Erik Larson
Publication
Note
  • Title from eBook information screen
  • "Vintage eBooks"--Cover image
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Evils imminent -- Prologue, aboard the Olympic -- Frozen music -- An awful fight -- In the white city -- Cruelty revealed -- Epilogue, the last crossing
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400076314
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn233697520
  • (OCoLC)233697520
System details
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1800 KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2974 KB)
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
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