Two men embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the 20th century: Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; and Henry H. Holmes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.
"Enthralling Story...best part - its true!"
In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.
"A Rich Read!"
Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters; their world-famous brothel, the Everleigh Club; and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots culminates in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers. Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to 20th-century modernity.
"Great book - brilliant narrator!"
Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé, who thought she wasn't taking her "job" of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and "feminine" nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago's dynamic mayor, she's determined to keep her eye on the prize - and she certainly doesn't have time for men.
"3 For The Narration"
Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.
Former Chicago police officer and Outfit associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives in the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's Near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt.
One night in a Chicago restaurant, Michael Bamberger draws up a list of golf heroes. Nine are living legends, like Arnold and Jack. Nine are secret legends, like Dolphus "Golf Ball" Hull: a windblown tour caddie from Jackson, Mississippi. What they all share is a game that courses through their collective veins like a drug. Accompanied by a sidekick and friend, a former tour player who is a secret legend himself, Bamberger seeks to locate and get to know these luminaries.
Walter's Perspective provides a unique glimpse into the rough-and-tumble Chicago news business as seen through the eyes of one of its legendary players. From his first news job working as a legman to his later role as a news anchor and political commentator, Jacobson battled along the front lines of an industry undergoing dramatic changes.
This collection of Catherine Asaro's show fiction contains five stories, including the Nebula Award-winning novella, Spacetime Pool, the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella Aurora in Four Voices, and an essay on Asaro's use of mathematics in her fiction.
"Good stories too painful to listen to."
Chicago is one of America's most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America's heart. Chicago is a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Not so much a tour of a place as a tour of its soul, Never a City So Real introduces listeners to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated people.
The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated, people.
Catherine is a teenager who has always been rebellious within her Amish community. She meets a non-Amish boy one farm over and they and a few other teens decide to train hop their way to Chicago. Leaving early one morning, Catherine joins Matt on their big adventure to Chicago. After finally reaching the huge city, things start to happen that make her wish she was back with her family, held safe within her Amish community and that rebellion is sometimes not all it's made out to be.
"Pleading for Peace in Chicago: 'We Could Be Looking at a Bloodbath'" is from the May 28, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Monica Davey and Mitch Smith and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"Violence Surges in Chicago Even as Policing Debate Rages On" is from the March 28, 2016, US section of The New York Times. It was written by Monica Davey and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"Fights Break Out After Donald Trump Scraps Rally in Chicago" is from the March 12, 2016 Politics section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Ben Kesling and Mark Peters and narrated by Paul Ryden.
"Chicago's Staggering Rise in Gun Violence and Killings" is from the April 02, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Mark Berman and narrated by Jill Melancon.
"Five Arrested During Protests in Chicago After Video of Laquan McDonald's Shooting Is Released" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Mark Berman and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"In Chicago, Distrust toward Mayor Has Turned 'Personal'" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by William Wan, Mark Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Sanders: No Elected Official Should Be 'Shielded' in Wake of Chicago Shooting" is from the Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by John Wagner and narrated by Jill Melancon.
"Justices in Illinois Deal Blow to Chicago's Rahm Emanuel" is from the March 24, 2016, U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Julie Bosman and narrated by JJ Langan.