The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. "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.
"Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating." - Chicago Tribune "A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn't hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction." - The New York Times "So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already." - Esquire "Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World's Fair." - USA Today "As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find." - San Francisco Chronicle "Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come." - Entertainment Weekly "A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist's soul." - Chicago Sun-Times
Erik Larson war Reporter für das Wall Street Journal und Time, bevor ihm mit seinen Bestsellern der Durchbruch gelang. Er lebt mit seiner Frau, drei Töchtern und einem alten britischen Sportwagen namens Mrs. Peel in Seattle.