The Devil in the White City

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

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 447 pages
  • 127 x 201 x 28mm | 476g
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1606862189
  • 9781606862186
  • 842,332

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Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson's spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men--the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.
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"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
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