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"The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the most spectacular the world has ever seen. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked, and architect and a serial killer. The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the chief builder of the White City, who created a magical landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H.H. Holmes, a handsome young doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair - and his own devilish charms - to lure scores a young women to their death. Holmes would stroll through the fair at night, when an electric dynamo transformed it into an incandescent fairyland, with his unsuspecting victims on either arm. hile Burnham overcome politics, personality clashes and the fatal Chicago winds to bring together the creative talents of his architectural team in the transformation of swampy Jackson Park into the White City, Holmes was busy constructing his own edifice just west of the fairgrounds. He called it the World's Fair Hotel and designed it to be a torture palace, complete with gas chamber and crematorium. Burnham, Holmes, an
"Fuses history and entertainment to give the dramatic effect of a novel...this truth really is stranger than fiction" * The New York Times * "Erik Larson tracks [H H Holmes] with practised journalistic skill...Highly readable" * Sunday Telegraph * "Captures the spirit of an America bursting with pioneering drive...a gripping book" * Independent on Sunday * "An irresistible page-turner that reads like the most compelling, sleep defying fiction" * Time Out * "Bursting with so much vitality you half expect it to jump right out of your hands" * Yorkshire Evening Post *
ISBN: 9780553813531 ISBN-10: 0553813536 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 496 Published: 1st April 2004 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1