“A marvelous recounting of the 1901 World’s Fair. Every chapter sparkles.… The Buffalo-Niagara Falls extravaganza comes alive in these pages. Highly recommended!” Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior
The Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, dazzled with its new rainbow-colored electric lights. It showcased an array of wonders, like daredevils attempting to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, or the “Animal King” putting the smallest woman in the world and also terrifying animals on display. But the thrill-seeking spectators little suspected that an assassin walked the fairgrounds, waiting for President William McKinley to arrive. In Margaret Creighton’s hands, the result is “a persuasive case that the fair was a microcosm of some momentous facets of the United States, good and bad, at the onset of the American Century” (Howard Schneider, Wall Street Journal).
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Margaret S. Creighton is the author of The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History, a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, and other works. She is a professor of history at Bates College and lives in Maine.
Table of Contents
1 Rainbow City 9
2 Summer in the City 30
3 The Favored Guest 50
4 The Blood-Colored Temple 74
5 The Emergency 95
6 The Rise and the Fall 127
7 Aftershock 140
8 Freefall 162
9 The Escape of the Doll Lady 188
10 The Elephant 216
11 The Timekeepers 238
Illustration Credits 279
Selected Bibliography 309
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Creighton writes an immersing book that places you right on the streets of Buffalo during the 1901 Worlds Fair. As a reader, you can hear the crowds, smell the carnival food and feel the city energy as it places itself in the spotlight for the new century. The lives of many swirl, circle and converge in Buffalo during that exposition. Not all are there to do good. I loved the details and richness presented by the author. Looking forward to her next book!
This book is a great read. It is a fascinating account of unplanned events, both disastrous and triumphant, during the 1901 world's fair in Buffalo, NY. Creighton skillfully weaves several parallel and very different narratives that intersect compellingly throughout the book. She creates a cohesiveness and immediacy that make you feel as though you are part of the times and the events being recorded. It is an historical account at its best - well paced, well researched, with true characters that are stranger than fiction, and a story that grabs you from the first few pages and compels you to read long after you should have turned out your light.