The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City

  • by Margaret Creighton
  • Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1901, Buffalo, New York, the eighth biggest city in America, wanted to launch the new century with the Pan American Exposition. It would showcase the Western hemisphere and bring millions of people to Western New York. With Niagara Falls as a drawing card, and with stunning colors and electric lights, promoters believed it would be bigger, better, and - literally - more brilliant than Chicago's White City of 1893.
Weaving together narratives of both notorious and forgotten figures, Margaret Creighton unveils the fair's big tragedy and its lesser-known scandals. From a deranged laborer who stalked and shot President William McKinley to a 60-year-old woman who rode a barrel over Niagara Falls to two astonishing acts - a little person and an elephant - who turned the tables on their duplicitous manager, Creighton reveals the myriad power struggles that would personify modern America. The Buffalo fair announced the new century, but in ways nobody expected.

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I Think Candice Millard Got There First

While a very solid book in may ways the book is similar to Candice Millards book "The Assassin and the President". Note this book goes into much greater detail about the PanAmerican Fair but when it came to the info on the assassination it felt like a re-read of the Millard effort. With that said it was still a very interesting and entertaining book and I would recommend it; especially if you have not read The President and the Assassin.
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- John

listen at 1.5 speed

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Awesome book - content was great and on the money but the narrator is so slow and monotone - I listened at 1.5 speed just to make it bearable. Buy the book and read it - skip this narration!

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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books