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Larson, Erik 1954-

Overview
Works: 52 works in 421 publications in 15 languages and 34,202 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Case studies  Biographies  True crime stories  Creative nonfiction  Observations  Suspense fiction  Local history 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV6248.M8, 943.086
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Most widely held works about Erik Larson
 
Most widely held works by Erik Larson
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson( Book )

59 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 6,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 fairgrounds--a 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
In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson( Book )

31 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 4,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first, Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the "New Germany," she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance -- and ultimately horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder unmasks Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition
Isaac's storm : a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson( Book )

26 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 3,827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based was to him preposterous. It is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last uncontrollable force, based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms
Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson( Book )

30 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 3,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship--the fastest then in service--could outrun any threat. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson( Book )

37 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 3,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the interwoven stories of two men--Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication--whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London, an era of séances, science, and fog, and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners, scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed, and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, "the kindest of men," nearly commits the perfect crime--From publisher description
In the garden of beasts by Erik Larson( Recording )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 1,685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1933, President Roosevelt personally selected William E. Dodd to be the United States ambassador to Nazi Germany. Dodd took his family with him, including his daughter Martha. Initially enamored with the Nazi party and its passion, Martha supported the Third Reich. However, when Hitler's violent policies became apparent, Martha changed her opinion and watched in horror. Here, author Erik Larson offers a chilling first-person account of Germany's transformation under Hitler's rule
Lethal passage : how the travels of a single handgun expose the roots of America's gun crisis by Erik Larson( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the journey of a single semi-automatic handgun, which was used by a teenager to kill a teacher, and raises questions about the legal and cultural realities of guns
Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson( Recording )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship-- the fastest then in service-- could outrun any threat. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces, both grand and achingly small-- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more-- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history"--
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson( Recording )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the Edwardian era recounts two parallel stories--the case of Dr. Hawley Crippen, who murdered his wife and fled to America, and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication--as the new technology is used to capture a killer
The devil in the white city : [murder, magic & madness and the fair that changed America] by Erik Larson( Recording )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the time of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Dr. Henry Holmes built a torture palace to which he lured 27 victims, mostly young women. While the fair ushered in a new epoch in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of the serial killer, who thrived on the forces transforming the country
The naked consumer : how our private lives become public commodities by Erik Larson( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveillance to sell its products. As consumer researchers systematically violate our privacy, erode our civil rights, and reinforce class stereotypes, they produce a business culture that shies away from risk and innovation and pays more attention to manipulating our needs and values. Erik Larson's penetrating study chronicles this wildly obsessive and frighteningly intrusive pursuit of the American buyer: how companies use spies, hidden cameras, even sonar and EEG
Isaac's storm : a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson( Recording )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1900's, Isaac Cline was a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous. It is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last uncontrollable force, based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms
Lethal passage : the story of a gun by Erik Larson( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the journey of a handgun, from its manufacture through its violent odyssey into the hands of a disturbed teenager who uses it to kill a teacher, and raises painful questions about the legal and cultural realities of firearms
Liefde & spionage in Hitlers Berlijn : een knappe Amerikaanse ambassadeursdochter wordt spionne voor de Russische geheime dienst by Erik Larson( Book )

30 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De opkomst van Hitler en zijn volgelingen in 1933, gezien door de ogen van de Amerikaanse ambassadeur in Duitsland en zijn familie
Isaac's storm : the drowning of Galveston, 8 September 1900 by Erik Larson( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On September 8, 1900, the deadliest hurricane in American history ploughed into the unprepared port of Galveston, Texas. One-hundred-and-fifty mile an hour winds shredded clapperboard houses with the force of dynamite. The sea followed, a solid wall of water twenty feet high. The city's highest point was nine feet above sea level. Overnight between six and ten thousand people lost their lives, houses were reduced to matchwood, and bodies were strewn miles inland across the prairie. It was, and still is, the worst natural disaster ever to strike the United States. At the turn of the century the new US Weather Bureau had the finest forecasting technology at their disposal. With this 'perfect science' they were confident they were in control of the world, that the new century would be the American century. And in Galveston, Texas they had one of their most dependable meteorologists, Isaac Cline. Cline, like the rest of America, believed that man's ingenuity had tamed nature. He believed there was nothing to fear. Fatally, Cline failed to read the signs until it was too late. By then, the bath-houses on the sea-front were being crushed by rolling breakers, children were playing unawares in the rising water, the railway line was underwater, and ships in the bay were fighting for their lives." From jacket
Isaacs Sturm : ein Mann und sein Kampf gegen den schrecklichsten Hurrikan der Geschichte by Erik Larson( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... The new-fangled meteorological instruments in which, against his better instincts, head meteorologist Isaac Cline of Galveston, Texas placed his trust on Sept. 8, 1900 dispelled his dark foreboding and signalled "all clear". Yet at the end of the day he was faced with countless victims and a scene of umimaginable devastation. One of the worst hurricanes in recorded history had razed the peace-loving and prosperous town of Galveston to the ground"--Preface
Bai cheng mo gui : qi ji yu mou sha jiao zhi de bo lan hui by Erik Larson( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiergarten - In the Garden of Beasts ein amerikanischer Botschafter in Nazi-Deutschland by Erik Larson( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diabeł w Białym Mieście : morderstwo, magia i maligna na wystawie, która zmieniła oblicze Ameryki by Erik Larson( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in Polish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, 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, 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 fairgrounds--a 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
Der Untergang der Lusitania : die größte Schiffstragödie des Ersten Weltkriegs by Erik Larson( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in German and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's BerlinLiefde & spionage in Hitlers Berlijn : een knappe Amerikaanse ambassadeursdochter wordt spionne voor de Russische geheime dienst
Alternative Names
Ericus Larson

Erik Larson Amerikaans schrijver

Erik Larson amerikansk författare

Erik Larson amerikansk skribent

Erik Larson écrivain américain

Erik Larson scrittore statunitense

Erik Larson US-amerikanischer Autor

Larson, Erik

Эрик Ларсон

לארסון, אריק

اریک لارسون نویسنده آمریکایی

라슨, 에릭

ラーソン, エリック

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In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's BerlinIsaac's storm : a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in historyThunderstruckIn the garden of beastsThunderstruckThe devil in the white city : [murder, magic & madness and the fair that changed America]The naked consumer : how our private lives become public commoditiesIsaac's storm : a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history