One was an architect. The other a serial killer. This is the incredible story of these two men and their realization of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, and its amazing 'White City'; one of the wonders of the world.
The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens.
The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair - and his own devilish charms - to lure scores of young women to their deaths.
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 just west of the fairground. He called it the World's Fair Hotel.
In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.
These two disparate but driven men are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on course for the twentieth century . . .
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- Verlag: Random House UK Ltd
- Seitenzahl: 496
- Erscheinungstermin: 30. September 2010
- ISBN-13: 9781409044604
- Artikelnr.: 39217585
A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction. The New York Times
"So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already." Esquire
Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World s Fair. USA Today
As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find. San Francisco Chronicle
Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come. Entertainment Weekly
A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist s soul. Chicago Sun-Times