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The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America

Author: Erik Larson; Tony Goldwyn; Random House Audio (Firm)
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio ; [Prince Frederick, MD] : [Distributed by Recorded Books], 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Investigative reporter Erik Larson unearths the lost history of the 1893 World's Fair and of a madman who grimly parodied the fair's achievements. The "White City" was a magical creation constructed upon Chicago's swampy Jackson Park by a roster of architectural stars, including Daniel H. Burnham, Frederick Olmstead, and Louis Sullivan. Drawing 27 million visitors in six months, the fair gathered the era's brightest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Biography
Case studies
Named Person: Herman W Mudgett; Herman W Mudgett; Herman W Mudgett
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Larson; Tony Goldwyn; Random House Audio (Firm)
ISBN: 0739302086 9780739302088
OCLC Number: 780032039
Notes: Bought with grant, 2007.
Performer(s): Read by Tony Goldwyn.
Description: 5 audio discs (approximately 6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: Compact discs.
Responsibility: Erik Larson.

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Investigative reporter Erik Larson unearths the lost history of the 1893 World's Fair and of a madman who grimly parodied the fair's achievements. The "White City" was a magical creation constructed upon Chicago's swampy Jackson Park by a roster of architectural stars, including Daniel H. Burnham, Frederick Olmstead, and Louis Sullivan. Drawing 27 million visitors in six months, the fair gathered the era's brightest intellectual lights and launched innovations like Juicy Fruit gum, Cracker Jacks, and the Ferris wheel. Nearby, Dr. Henry Holmes built "the World's Fair Hotel," a torture palace to which he lured 27 victims, mostly young women. While the fair ushered in a new epoch in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of the serial killer, who thrived on the forces transforming the country.

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