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    Margaret Creighton(Author),Callie Beaulieu(Narrator)

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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 sixty-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.

“A delightful read.” - Portland Press Herald“Lively.” - Randy Dotinga, Christian Science Monitor“Required reading.” - New York Post“Engrossing.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)“A propulsive, edge-of-your-seat ride.” - Lauren Belfer, author of And After the Fire“Creighton shines.” - Booklist“While perhaps not quite as well known as the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, was equally full of drama and intrigue.… The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City is the compelling story of an event that sparked technological advances and spurred new perspectives on social equality and race.” - Becky Diamond, BookPage“Utterly electrifying prose.” - Martha Hodes, author of Mourning Lincoln“Wonderfully informative, evocative and illuminating.” - Buffalo News“An extraordinary portrait of the event… great storytelling and painterly in its color and detail.” - Mark Goldman, author of High Hopes and City on the Edge --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Margaret Creighton is the author of Colors of Courage, a runner-up for the Lincoln Prize, The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City, and other works. She is a professor of history at Bates College and lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

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  • By george beitzel on December 20, 2016

    Rainbow City is a lot of interesting stories tied together by a major event, the 1901 Worlds Fair. The assassination of a U. S. President, exploits of men and women going over Niagara Falls in barrels, the sad life of a lady midget, shows exploiting the legend of happy negro slaves prior to the Civil War, Cowboys and Indians and animal acts to name a few. A pot of gold at one end of the rainbow and failure at the other. A good read.

  • By Kathy on April 28, 2017

    As a resident of the Buffalo area , I appreciate the author's thorough research. She totally engages the reader and I feel captured the mood / sentiments/ and struggles of the Buffalo/Niagara region both past & present. Her historic depictions of the Pan Am events creates impressive images and brought history to life in a captivating story of the World's Fair... The turn of century brought many new inventions, including 'electricity" that gave humans a power trip, believing we could conquer nature & the globe. The perspective of all peoples in the Age of Imperialism ( white, black, Asian colonials, & native Americans) was brought to life as the stories of presidents, freed slaves, colonials, Native American Indians played a role. It is a wonderful story, well documented with footnotes, that shows "Truth can be stranger than fiction". A very good read.

  • By Thomas G. Brown on January 8, 2017

    Revealing forgotten or never learned history in a readable and interesting tic toc manner. I never realized the importance of Buffalo a hundred years ago.

  • By Greg L. Peck on February 13, 2018

    While missing a serial killer like ‘Devil in the White City’, this well written story of America’s next world’s fair after Chicago is gripping. In Chicago’s fair, the mayor was assingnated but in Bufffalo, it was a president. Besides ‘babes in barrels over the falls’, the ugly story here is animal cruelty. Well written,well researched, and an amazing historical read for all audiences.

  • By John S. on February 16, 2017

    Outstanding book on the Pan American Exposition of 1901. This book brings all the characters to life and one feels as if they have been transported to 1901 in Buffalo, NY. Some books gloss over details and just concern themselves with the McKinley tragedy but this book not only covers the President in greater detail than any other book but Margaret Creighton does an outstanding job of bringing everything involved with this Exposition to life. Amazing book -- highly recommended -- could not stop reading it.

  • By Patricia I. Raimondo on March 27, 2017

    I am not s history buff, but I found this account if the Pan Am Expo of 1901 to be an enjoyable read. It was very interesting & I learned a lot about Its inception, the actual grounds & buildings, as well as the people who ran the midway.

  • By Eric O'connor on March 4, 2018

    I liked this book. Really interesting portrait of a city I love (Buffalo) at a really strange time in history - assassination, electrocution, imperialism, animal cruelty, racism, and people finding spectacular ways to die or almost die at Niagara Falls.

  • By barbara on November 27, 2017

    The author was able to weave the stories of otherwise disparate characters into a fascinating and insightful chronicle of the events that are important components of the American history played out in the Buffalo fair at the turn of the 20th century. So very well written and thoroughly researched.


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