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

by Erik Larson

CHICAGO, 1893.ONE MAN BUILT A HEAVEN ON EARTH.ANOTHER BUILT HELL BESIDE IT.The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was one of the greats wonders of theworld.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.98 out of 5
  • Published April 1st 2004 by Bantam Press
  • Original Title: The Devil in the White City: Murder
  • Magic
  • and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
  • ISBN: 0553813536 (ISBN13: 9780553813531)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Daniel Burnham
  • H.H. Holmes
  • Literary Awards: International Horror Guild Award for Nonfiction (2003)
  • Great Lakes Book Award for Nonfiction Shortlist (2003)
  • Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime (2004)
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book (2004)
  • Washington State Book Award (2004) ...more Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2004)
  • National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction (2003)
  • CWA Gold Dagger Award (2003)...less

CHICAGO, 1893.ONE MAN BUILT A HEAVEN ON EARTH.ANOTHER BUILT HELL BESIDE IT.The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was one of the greats wonders of the world. This is the extraordinary story of its realization, and of two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer…The architect was Daniel H. Burnham. He created the ‘White City’, a massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in an incandescent wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with intense blue eyes, who used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores, perhaps hundreds, of young women to their deaths. And while Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago’s infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earth, Holmes built his own edifice. He called it the World’s Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.These two disparate yet driven men together with a remarkable supporting cast, including Buffalo Bill, George Ferris and Thomas Edison, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the spectacle that transformed America and set it on course for the 20th century.