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Der Teufel von Chicago. Ein Architekt, ein Mörder und die… (2003)

von Erik Larson

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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America₂s 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 fairgrounds₇a 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.… (mehr)
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A fascinating, sometimes overly detailed, about the Chicago world's fair and a parallel plot line of a mass murderer who lived near the fair and lured people, mostly young women, into his custom built murder house. ( )
  suemetzner | Sep 5, 2021 |
Absolutely fascinating. Erik Larson's style of non-fiction that reads like a tale is just un-put-down-able. An incredible look into the past and how it shaped the future. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
A captivating look into the United States' late nineteenth century, the Chicago Fair and its influence on the future of architecture, spiced with the history of America's first mass-murderer. I couldn't stop listening, and let a lot of other books languish to get to the end of this one. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
This one took me FOREVER to finish. I was going to give it three stars because it drags on forever in the middle and concentrates far more on the Chicago World’s Fair then on the crimes of HH Holmes. This might just be because we know so much more about the fair than Holmes, but when i picked up the book, I expected it to be a much more even balance. ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
This was such a great read. Larson made it fun, enjoyable, and a read that was hard to put down. I had heard of H. H. Holmes before, so it was nice to learn more about him in book form. And learning about the World’s Fair through this perspective was nice, because it’s not a perspective often seen. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Mr. Larson has written a dynamic, enveloping book filled with haunting, closely annotated information. And it doesn't hurt that this truth really is stranger than fiction.
hinzugefügt von jlelliott | bearbeitenThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (Feb 10, 2003)
 

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Larson, ErikAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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Mach keine kleinen Pläne. Ihnen fehlt der Zauber, der den Menschen ins Blut fährt. - Daniel H. Burnham, Leitender Direktor Weltausstellung 1893
Ich bin mit dem Teufel in mir geboren. Ich konnte nichts dagegen tun, dass ich zum Mörder wurde, so wenig wie ein Dichter etwas dagegen tun kann, dass die Muse ihn um Singen verführt. - Dr. H.H. Holmes, Geständnis, 1896
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"Suddenly New York and St. Louis wanted the fair. Washington laid claim to the honor on the grounds it was the center of government, New York because it was the center of everything. No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck."
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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America₂s 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 fairgrounds₇a 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.

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