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doc Ä The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Audio Cassette Read ☆ Erik Larson ↠ Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaErik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaErik 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 bothTwo men each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's 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 45 FASCINATING

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Great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths What makes the story all the chilling is that Holmes really lived walking the grounds of that dream city by the lakeThe Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty made all the 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 For me reviewing this book is similar to trying to review any Nicolas Cage movie from the past 20 years in that if I was asked if Cage's over the top performance was the best thing or the worst thing about the movie I could only answer Yes Pictured one of Nicolas Cage's subdued performances; Not pictured sanityIf you were to ask me my favorite thing about this book I would immediately answer Erik Larson's writing styleThis book is mostly talked about for the portions pertaining to one of America's first serial killers Dr H H Holmes In fact when the greenlit movie adaptation by Martin Scorsese was recently announced it focused primarily on the casting of Holmes Yet time is spent in the book detailing the history of the 1893 World's Fair particularly architect Daniel Burnham's struggles in trying to get everything finished in time for the Fair's opening I'm actually not much of a history buff so I feared the true crimeless segments of the book wouldn't hold my interest but I'm happy to announce that I was wrong Larson's wit made even some of the dryer parts of the novel entertaining and he even manages to build suspense when he's raising uestions we may already know the answer to like what engineering marvel would the Fair's organizer's decide on to hopefully rival the Eiffel Tower unveiled at France's world fair? As for the segments detailing Dr H H Holmes and his grotesue crimes this is where Larson's writing really shines Instead of treating this strictly as a historical account and then this happened and then this happened Larson actually writes these moments in the style of a thriller He gets into Holmes head with the same prowess that Thomas Harris used to make Hannibal Lecter continue to chill our bones long after we had put the book down There were times I almost forgot I was even reading a nonfiction book as in these moments Larson's novel read like something we'd expect to find in the horror sectionWhich is why if you were to ask me what my least favorite thing about this book was I would immediately answer Erik Larson's writing style Bet you didn't see that coming eh? That was a twist right out of an M Night Shyamalan movieThis clip is from Robot Chicken and led to What A Twist becoming a running joke on the show If you already knew that you are officially as cool as me Whether you take that as a compliment or a reason to start sobbing is completely up to you While Larson's writing during the Holmes segments was undeniably gripping I felt he went a little overboard with his speculative approach He describes what was going through the victims' heads moments before Holmes murdered them things Larson has no way of knowing were actually true This did take me out of the book uite a few times as when I'm reading nonfiction and the author keeps adding details that can't actually be confirmed it make me begin to wonder how true this true crime novel really isI did enjoy reading Devil in the White City although I would say it's a book for history enthusiasts than true crime fans as the 1893 World's Fair is clearly the novel's main event while Dr Holmes is of a sideshow freak Whether you're here for the Fair or the murder castle Erik Larson's skills as a writer makes this an interesting read as long as you don't mind getting some chocolate in your peanut butter speculative fiction in your true crime 2 and a half hours of fighting over chocolate in peanut butter still a better movie than Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice

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The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaThe Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington DC 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 fairgrounds a torture palace complete with dissection table gas chamber and 3000 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 Humour me and please allow the channeling an eighth grader for just a moment OMG Sueee1 Teh best Would an eighth grader say teh best? And now we return you to our regularly scheduled reviewI'm not a huge fan of non fiction Scratch that I'm a huge fan of non fiction but not so huge a fan of reading non fiction While I appreciate learning and broadening my understanding of the world around and as it once was I find myself pretty uickly distracted from whatever non fictional work I pick up The fact is most writers of non fiction are experts in their field of study than they are expert authors They deliver the goods well but aren't uite as adept at prettying them up for consumptionErik Larson however is a genius Or something I could not put this book down In the figurative sense—it actually took me about two weeks to read The entire length of my time in this book was marked with moments of in which I would stop reading interrupt my wife from the depths of her studies and remark again how good this book was I'm sure that she would have been happier had Larson just been your average purveyor of non fictionalizationsIn The Devil in the White City Larson chronicles chiefly a tale of two city dwellers Architect Daniel Burnham and pharmacist Henry Holmes One would helm the creation of a wonderland of awe striking beauty and refinement The other would become one of America's earliest and most diabolical serial killers All this against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition aka the Chicago World's FairDaniel Burnham the self made architect who designed the Rookery in Chicago would design the Flatiron Building in New York assembled a team of the best American architects of the day for the task of crafting a World's Fair in Chicago that would be even exuisite than the one held in Paris years earlier The Paris Exposition had also unveiled Gustave Eiffel's incredible tower so Burnham put a call out to American engineering something grander would have to be proposed and built National reputation was at stake as well as civic pride Larson explores in exciting detail the glories and the tragedies of this great endeavorIn contrast to this paean to human ingenuity and spirit Larson focuses the other half of his narrative on a man as diligent in his chosen task as Burnham was in his HH Holmes the self style pharmacist who killed upwards of twenty seven mostly young women fresh to the city built for himself a hideous parody of the grand buildings that the world would soon celebrate Bit by bit he crafted what would later be known as his murder castle a hotel whose ground floor hosted several businesses and whose other floors would boast far sinister use The second and third floors contained numerous rooms and hallways and secret compartments and switches Airtight rooms with gas outlets Walk in vaults purpose not for keeping out but for keeping in And a slicked chute to the basement where a kiln acid and limepits awaited Holmes was handsome and charming in a way that made him irresistible to women He was also a psychopath who would turn the American attention far too lateLarson as a chronicler is top notch He entertains even as he educates And he leaves just enough narrative tension to compel the reader along his path Larson knows how to keep enough information back to avoid rendering the latter half of his book naught but excruciating anti climax The Devil in the White City is certainly an accomplishment and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyoneIf forced to I will admit two uibbles with the book 1 I was thirsty for pictures and wanted desperately to see these buildings that Burnham and company were so busied upon; and 2 on the whole Larson keeps his voice clean of any emotive spots not merited by the characters themselves but there were two moments when I was sure I was hearing Larson's voice beam through it could have been worse—at least those two moments were funnynote see what I did there? You didn't actually have to force me