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




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"Since reading this book I have recommended it to everyone... The lure of the serial killer drew me in but what kept me interested were the glimpses of our nation's past during a time that I knew very little about. ...Anyone with even the slightest interest in our history would enjoy this book." -- Kristen Eckerty, Books-A-Million, Naples, FL

The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. 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.

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Overview

Click Here for the January 2020 Book Club Discussion Questions
"Since reading this book I have recommended it to everyone... The lure of the serial killer drew me in but what kept me interested were the glimpses of our nation's past during a time that I knew very little about. ...Anyone with even the slightest interest in our history would enjoy this book." -- Kristen Eckerty, Books-A-Million, Naples, FL

The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. 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.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780375725609
  • ISBN-10: 0375725601
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: February 2004
  • Page Count: 464
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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The Devil in the White City

Providing a peek into the mind of a certified psycho, Larson's chilling bestseller is a work of true-crime reportage that's destined to become a nonfiction classic. In this Gilded Age period piece, Larson expertly reconstructs the stranger-than-fiction events surrounding the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, recounting the complex logistics of its construction and focusing on the bigwigs involved, including eminent architect Daniel Burnham and crotchety genius Frederick Law Olmsted. But the real star here is Dr. H.H. Holmes, a handsome, seductive serial killer who posed as a physician, built the labyrinthine World's Fair Hotel, equipped it with a gas chamber and crematorium, and lured tourists to their deaths. Larson captures perfectly the psyche of his villain—the practiced charm, the deviousness, the unnerving ease with which he snuffed out life. The most remarkable thing about this hard-to-believe tale, though, is that every bit of it is true. A reading group guide is available online at www.vintagebooks.com/read.

 

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