The Devil in the White City
A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair That Changed AmericaeBook - 2004
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In The Devil in the White City, the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.
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 D... Read More »
This is not just a story about Chicago's World Fair of 1893 or a story of one of America's first serial killers, it's also a story of how one historic event shaped our country and the lives of many now well-known people. For someone who loves history, grand events like a World's Fair or mysteries... Read More »
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Truth is stranger than fiction! Enter the 1893 Chicago World's Fair where beauty and unspeakable evil collide.
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"We can't have little vines and weeds enough,'" - Fredrick Law Olmstead to John Olmstead May 19, 1892, landscape planner for Chicago World's Fair page 172
Great read, non stop reading.
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Between majestic architecture and cold-blooded murder, the early 1890's were a defining period for the city of Chicago. The Colombian Exposition of 1893 (the World's Fair of 1893, so named to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's landing in America) proved that Chicago could put its elbows on the table of the world's greatest cities. It hugely impacted the course of American history through its influence on technology, architecture, and the popular conscience. This book weaves together the stories of Daniel Burnham, a prominent architect in charge of planning the Exposition, and Herman Webster Mudgett, better known to history as H.H.Holmes, America's first serial killer. Opening a hotel just down the Midway from the fair, Holmes was ensured of a constant flow of trusting young women. What his ill-fated guests did not realize was the presence of air-tight rooms with gas-jets, a greased body chute and the basement containing vats of acid and a crematorium. In the style of Truman Capote, this is a non-fiction novel, a gripping account of deeds of great and evil men alike, made all the more interesting because these events really happened.
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