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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Larson, Erik

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ISBN: 0375725601     ISBN-13: 9780375725609
Publisher: Vintage Books
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Published: February 2004
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Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Serial murderers; Illinois; Chicago; Biography.
Serial murders; Illinois; Chicago; Case studies.
BISAC Categories:
- True Crime | Murder
- History | United States | 19th Century
- History | United States | State & Local
Dewey: 364.15/23/0977311
LCCN: BL2004000963
Lexile Measure: 1170
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.50" (1.00 lbs) 464 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106685
Reading Level: 9.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 23.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38592
Reading Level: 9.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 25.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): ERIK LARSON is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies. His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and other publications and his books have been published in fourteen countries.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 December #3)
Not long after Jack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during (and exploited) the city's finest moment, the World's Fair of 1893. Larson's breathtaking new history is a novelistic yet wholly factual account of the fair and the mass murderer who lurked within it. Bestselling author Larson (Isaac's Storm) strikes a fine balance between the planning and execution of the vast fair and Holmes's relentless, ghastly activities. The passages about Holmes are compelling and aptly claustrophobic; readers will be glad for the frequent escapes to the relative sanity of Holmes's co-star, architect and fair overseer Daniel Hudson Burnham, who managed the thousands of workers and engineers who pulled the sprawling fair together 0n an astonishingly tight two-year schedule. A natural charlatan, Holmes exploited the inability of authorities to coordinate, creating a small commercial empire entirely on unpaid debts and constructing a personal cadaver-disposal system. This is, in effect, the nonfiction Alienist, or a sort of companion, which might be called Homicide, to Emile Durkheim's Suicide. However, rather than anomie, Larson is most interested in industriousness and the new opportunities for mayhem afforded by the advent of widespread public anonymity. This book is everything popular history should be, meticulously recreating a rich, pre-automobile America on the cusp of modernity, in which the sale of "articulated" corpses was a semi-respectable trade and serial killers could go well-nigh unnoticed. 6 b&w photos, 1 map. (Feb.) Forecast: With this book, Larson builds on the success of Isaac's Storm. Anyone with an interest in American history-in particular fans of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough-should find much to engross them here. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
 
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