The Devil In The White City
by Erik Larson
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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The Chicago World Expo of 1893, and its incredible “White City”, was one of the wonders of the world.It is the incredible story of its realization, and of two men whose destinies linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.Architect Daniel HBurnham, the driving force of the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings of in a land of marvelous canals and gardensThe killer was HHHolmes, a handsome doctor with blue-eye removalHe used the attraction of the great fair – and his own diabolical charms – to attract dozens of young women to their deaths.While Burnham overcame politics, quarrels, personality conflicts and Chicago, the infamous weather to transform Jackson Park Marshes into the greatest spectacle on Earth, Holmes built his own building on the west side of the fairgrounds.He called it the World Hotel Fair.Actually, it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.These two disparate, but guided men with remarkable support and colorful characters, including Buffalo Bill, George Ferris, Thomas Edison and some of the 27 million others who converged on the stunning spectacle of the White City, are brought to life in this fascinating, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on the course of the twentieth century.
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