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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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Two books in one really - the murder plot is enjoyably mad but in the end found the story of the buildings more interesting. Who'd have thought Disneyworld might have been inspired by it? ( )
  piersyoung | Aug 4, 2022 |
Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it....I enjoyed it until I didn’t. ( )
  mikernc | Jul 29, 2022 |
Fascinating telling of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It was a collision of the old century and the new; rich and poor; good and evil. It is also the story of D H Burnham, the driving force who gave the Fair its overall visionary appeal. There were so many firsts to come from its drive towards the future — both the gleaming white city and the devil who lived next door. Wish I could have seen the White City in its glory. ( )
  bgknighton | Jul 16, 2022 |
This is a pick for me in non-fiction. I liked the comparison of the events of H.H. Holmes and the Chicago World Fair. I appreciate all the research that Erik Larson did in this book. I would definitely read this one again. ( )
  christyco125 | Jul 4, 2022 |
This is a tricksty book to try and rate.

Reading about the Chicago World's Fair is compelling. Reading about a serial killer (admittedly) is compelling. But besides having an overlap in date and location, these two have nothing to do with one another. Trading between the two storylines really feels like you're reading two separate books.

There was plenty of really engaging information about the fair -before and during. However, I thought integrating an unrelated murderer in there kind of put a weird haze over the struggles of the engineers, architects, and other workers. On the flip side, it seemed like every time I was fretting WILL SHE LIVE?!, we'd switch to concerns about funding or structural stability. My heart can't take these games, Erik Larson. ( )
  Allyoopsi | Jun 22, 2022 |
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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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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