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

Erik Larson

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 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.

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 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.
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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 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tony Goldwyn

Length:

6h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:50


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:39