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The devil in the white city [sound recording (compact disc)] : murder, magic & madness and the fair that changed America / by Erik Larson.

Larson, Erik. (Author). Brick, Scott. (Added Author). Random House Audio Publishing. (Added Author).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lackawanna County Library System.

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Abington Community Library TALKING BOOKS 364.1523 LARSON (DISC) (Text) 50687010816059 Audio Area Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780739343814
  • ISBN: 0739343815
  • Physical Description: 12 sound discs (14 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2003.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Subtitle from container.
Compact discs.
Formatted Contents Note:
Evils imminent -- Prologue, aboard the Olympic -- Frozen music -- An awful fight -- In the white city -- Cruelty revealed -- Epilogue, the last crossing.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Producer and director, Dan Musselman.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Scott Brick.
Summary, etc.:
Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized Americ├ís rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairground┼Ťa torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.
Subject: Mudgett, Herman W., 1861-1896.
Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912.
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Serial murderers > Illinois > Chicago > Biography.
Serial murders > Illinois > Chicago > Case studies.
Architects > Illinois > Chicago > Biography.
Chicago (Ill.) > History > 19th century.
Genre: Audiobooks.
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