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!"
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.
"Wonderfully evocative, and well-presented"
In The Devil in the White City, a look back at Chicago's World Fair and two men who 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. 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.
In the best-selling tradition of The Devil in the White City, award-winning author Brian Hicks tells the explosive story of the Morro Castle, the elegant luxury liner that burned off the coast of New Jersey on September 7, 1934. The captain died under mysterious circumstances seven hours before his ship caught fire off the New Jersey coast.
"Gripping account of a needless disaster."
We're off to the scene of the crime. Need a lawyer? Maybe you should find an evidence broker. He's the guy you go to see when you've been accused of a crime and you need witnesses to prove you didn't do it. At least that's how it worked in the 18th century. Novelist David Liss talks about the birth of modern jurisprudence in this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.