The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. New York Times best seller. This book masterfully combines the true stories of a serial killer and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (so many "firsts" and connections to later acheivements of well know men). All spoken words are verified from written sources, but it reads like a fast-paced novel. Larson paints an incredible picture of the time period.

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"The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson - one of my favorite authors and books, amazing!

Not my favorite Erik Larson (though I do love his previous work)

Dead Wake by Erik Larson: A Tale of Two Books

Dead Wake Erik Larson presents a chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle

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In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of

Erik Larson’s Gripping Account of Pre-War Germany: In The Garden of Beasts

Erik Larson's Gripping Account of Pre-War Germany: In The Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts // Erik Larson A remarkable look at William Dodd, America's ambassador to Hitler's Germany and the resolute determination of the world to ignore the warning signs of the war to come.

Their fates were linked by the magical Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, nicknamed the “White City” for its majestic beauty. Architect Daniel Burnham built it; serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes used it to lure victims to his World’s Fair Hotel, designed for murder. Both men left behind them a powerful legacy, one of brilliance and energy, the other of sorrow and darkness.

The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson-Historical fiction set at the Chicago World's Fair. Learned alot about architecture and Chicago World's Fair . Also a crime novel about the first Chicago serial killer.

“Not since I read Erik Larson’s Dead Wake have I had such an edge-of-my-seat immersion into historical events. [...] No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book.” -Karen White, New York Times bestselling author From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton--a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting…

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Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: From Progress to Madness

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Amazing book about the Worlds Fair and the serial killer in Chicago taking advantage of the crowds then.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson - In a compelling historical narrative, Larson follows the first American Ambassador Dodd under the Nazi regime and his high-spirited daughter Martha as they observe the Pre-war changes in German society.  So well written, I felt like an invisible presence in their lives.  Challenge- nonfiction

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Another great Larson book. Very interesting to see how this mild-mannered ambassador dealt with what was a crumbling society in Germany. Have loaned my copy to three people so far, and they really liked it.

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**** In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. The American Ambassador and his family in Berlin prior to WWII. By Erik Larson.

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My Version of Beach Reads.Dead Wake is one of the historical fiction books I discuss on this post.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Crown Publishers, ISBN 0609608444) is a 2003 non-fiction book by Erik Larson presented in a novelistic style. The book is set in Chicago circa 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their death in his elaborately constructed "Murder Castle."

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. about a murderer who lured his victims through the World's Fair in Chicago

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

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September began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning.