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

Awards:   Short-listed for National Book Awards.
Author:   Erik Larson ,  Scott Brick ,  Scott Brick ,  Dan Musselman
Publisher:   Random House USA Inc
Edition:   Unabridged edition
ISBN:  

9780739343814


Pages:   12
Publication Date:   07 August 2007
Format:   Audio  Audio Format
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America


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  • Short-listed for National Book Awards.

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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's 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 fairgrounds-a 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 listener 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 audiobook 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. To find out more about this audiobook, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.

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Author:   Erik Larson ,  Scott Brick ,  Scott Brick ,  Dan Musselman
Publisher:   Random House USA Inc
Imprint:   Random House US Audio
Edition:   Unabridged edition
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 14.90cm
Weight:   0.283kg
ISBN:  

9780739343814


ISBN 10:   0739343815
Pages:   12
Publication Date:   07 August 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained
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Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating. -- Chicago Tribune <br> A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramtic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn ' t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction. --The New York Times <br> & quot; So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already.& quot; -- Esquire <br> Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World ' s Fair. -- USA Today <br> As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find. -- San Francisco Chronicle <br> Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come. -- Entertainment Weekly <br> A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist ' s soul. -- Chicago Sun-Times <br> <br> From the Trade Paperback edition.


Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating. -- Chicago Tribune<br><br> A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramtic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn't hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction. --The New York Times<br><br> So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already. -- Esquire<br><br> Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World's Fair. -- USA Today<br><br> As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find. -- San Francisco Chronicle<br><br> Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come. -- Entertainment Weekly<br><br> A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist's soul. -- Chicago Sun-Times <br> <br><br><br> From the Trade Paperback edition.


Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating. -- Chicago Tribune A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramtic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn't hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction. --The New York Times So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already. -- Esquire Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World's Fair. -- USA Today As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find. -- San Francisco Chronicle Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come. -- Entertainment Weekly A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist's soul. -- Chicago Sun-Times From the Trade Paperback edition.


Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating. -- Chicago Tribune <br> A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramtic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn't hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction. --The New York Times <br> So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already. -- Esquire <br> Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World's Fair. -- USA Today <br> As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find. -- San Francisco Chronicle <br> Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come. -- Entertainment Weekly <br> A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist's soul. -- Chicago Sun-Times <br> <p> From the Trade Paperback edition. F


Author Information

Erik Larson is the author of five national bestsellers, including The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, which have collectively sold more than 6.5 million copies. His books have been published in seventeen countries. Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. His stage appearances throughout the US include Cyrano, Hamlet, and MacBeth. In the audio industry, Scott has won over 20 Earphones Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. After recording nearly 250 books in five years, AudioFile Magazine named Scott one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices. Brick's range is unparalleled as he reads thrillers to narrative nonfiction, from biographies to science fiction with aplomb.

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