Erik Larson

  • AvecLe Diable dans la ville blanche, Erik Larson a révélé un talent exceptionnel pour romancer l´Histoire. Après s´être intéresséà l´Exposition universelle de Chicago et au premierserial killeraméricain dans son précédent livre, il nous offre cette fois un superbe thriller politique et d´espionnage, basé sur des évènements réels et peu connus qui se sont déroulés en Allemagne pendant l´accession au pouvoir d´Adolphe Hitler.


    1933. Berlin. William E. Dodd devient le premier ambassadeur américain en Allemagne nazie. Originaire de Chicago, c´est un homme modeste et austère, assez peu à sa place sous les ors des palais diplomatiques, qui s´installe dans la capitale allemande. Belle, intelligente, énergique, sa fille, la flamboyante Martha est vite séduite par les leaders du parti nazi et par leur volonté contagieuse de redonner au pays un rôle de tout premier plan sur la scène mondiale. Elle devient ainsi la maîtresse de plusieurs d´entre eux, en particulier de Rudolf Diels, premier chef de la Gestapo, alors que son père, très vite alerté des premiers projets de persécutions envers les juifs, essaie d´alerter le Département d´État américain, qui fait la sourde oreille. Lorsque Martha tombe éperdument amoureuse de Boris Winogradov, un espion russe établi à Berlin, celui-ci ne tarde pas à la convaincre d´employer ses charmes et ses talents au profit de l´Union Soviétique. Tous les protagonistes de l´histoire vont alors se livrer un jeu mortel, qui culminera lors de la fameuse « Nuit des longs couteaux ».

  • Un homme construit le paradis sur Terre, l'autre y fait régner l'enfer.
    1893 : l'Exposition universelle de Chicago est l'occasion pour les États-Unis de montrer leur puissance au reste du monde. Au coeur de cet événement sans précédent, le célèbre architecte Daniel H. Burnham, créateur du premier gratte-ciel, à qui revient la tâche de créer une cité de rêve, la Ville blanche. On attend près de 30 millions de visiteurs, de nombreuses personnalités, parmi lesquelles Houdini, Frank Lloyd Wright ou Thomas Edison.
    Mais, dans l'ombre de l'Exposition, une autre figure accomplit de bien plus noirs desseins : H. H. Holmes, un jeune médecin apparemment bien sous tous rapports, en réalité l'un des tueurs en série les plus terrifiants de l'histoire du crime, sur la piste duquel se pressent un inspecteur d'une incroyable tenacité et une étrange association, le Whitechapel Club.
    Vendu à plus d'un million d'exemplaires outre-Atlantique, bientôt porté à l'écran avec Leonardo DiCaprio, ce document bénéficie d'une construction et d'un sens de l'intrigue dignes des plus grands auteurs de thrillers. Une formidable histoire où l'on constatera, une fois de plus, que la réalité dépasse toujours la fiction.

  • Erik Larson raconte avec virtuosité la tragédie du Lusitania, un épisode crucial et trouble de la Première Guerre mondiale.1er mai 1915. Tandis que la Première Guerre mondiale entame son dixième mois, le Lusitania, luxueux paquebot britannique, quitte New York pour rejoindre Liverpool. Près de 2 000 passagers profitent des équipements modernes de ce navire puissant et rapide surnommé " le lévrier des mers ". L'Allemagne a classé en zones de guerre les mers entourant l'Angleterre mais le capitaine, William Thomas Turner, connait les règles interdisant les attaques de bateaux civils. Dans le périmètre du paquebot, à bord du sous-marin allemand U-20, le
    Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger décide néanmoins de passer outre ces règles.
    Le 7 mai, les deux vaisseaux progressent vers Liverpool et les pièces du puzzle - notamment l'orgueil, un brouillard fortuit et un secret bien gardé - s'assemblent pour produire l'un des pires désastres de l'histoire.
    Avec un sens de l'intrigue digne des plus grands thrillers, Erik Larson nous embarque dans l'atmosphère suffocante du sous-marin, éclairant d'une lumière inédite ces faits historiques qui contribuèrent à faire entrer les États-Unis dans la Première Guerre mondiale. Nous vivons l'exaltation, la peur, la panique...
    La réalité dépasse toujours la fiction.

  • The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.

    The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair - and his own devilish charms - to lure scores of young women to their deaths. While Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago's infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earther, Holmes built his own edifice just west of the fairground. He called it the World's Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.

    These two disparate but driven men toegther with a remarkable supporting cast of colourful characters, including as Buffalo Bill, George Ferris, Thomas Edison and some of the 27 million others who converged on the dazzling spectacle of the White City, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on course for the twentieth century.

  • At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. 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, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stilness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss.Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is 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. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.From the Hardcover edition.

  • This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another.
    In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." In so doing, he not only illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Thunderstruck

    Erik Larson

    In 1910, Edwardian England was scandalized by a murder. It seems mild-mannered American Hawley Crippen had killed his wife, buried her remains in the cellar of their North London home and then gone on the run with his young mistress, his secretary Ethel Le Neve.

  • Anglais Dead Wake

    Erik Larson

    On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers - including a record number of children and infants - were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, its submarines had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    But the Lusitania's captain, William Thomas Turner, had faith in the gentlemanly terms of warfare that had, for a century, kept civilian ships safe from attack. He also knew that his ship - the fastest then in service - could outrun any threat. But Germany was intent on changing the rules, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit were tracking Schwieger's U-boat...but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way towards Liverpool, forces both grand and achingly small - hubris, a chance fog, a closely-guarded secret and more - converged to produce one of the great disasters of 20th century history.

    It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted. Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, including the US President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war.

  • Berlin,1933. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered academic from Chicago, has to his own and everyone else's surprise, become America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, in a year that proves to be a turning point in history.

    Dodd and his family, notably his vivacious daughter, Martha, observe at first-hand the many changes - some subtle, some disturbing, and some horrifically violent - that signal Hitler's consolidation of power. Dodd has little choice but to associate with key figures in the Nazi party, his increasingly concerned cables make little impact on an indifferent U.S. State Department, while Martha is drawn to the Nazis and their vision of a 'New Germany' and has a succession of affairs with senior party players, including first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels.

    But as the year darkens, Dodd and his daughter find their lives transformed and any last illusion they might have about Hitler are shattered by the violence of the 'Night of the Long Knives' in the summer of 1934 that established him as supreme dictator. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the times, and with brilliant portraits of Hitler, Goebbels, Goering and Himmler amongst others, Erik Larson's new book sheds unique light on events as they unfold, resulting in an unforgettable, addictively readable work of narrative history.

  • La splendeur et l'infamie Nouv.

    Vous avez aimé The Crown ? Vous allez adorer La Splendeur et l'Infamie.10 mai 1940. Le jour où Churchill est nommé Premier ministre, Adolf Hitler envahit les Pays-Bas et la Belgique. Au cours de l'année qui suit, l'Allemagne nazie mène contre l'Angleterre une campagne de bombardement d'une intensité inédite. Acculé, le " Vieux Lion " doit préserver à tout prix le moral de son peuple... et convaincre le président Roosevelt d'entraîner les États-Unis dans la guerre.
    Si durant cette période la vie publique de Churchill est chaotique, sa vie privée ne l'est pas moins. Son épouse et lui doivent gérer leur fille qui se rebelle contre leur autorité, et leur fils, confronté à l'adultère de sa femme.
    À partir de nombreux documents inédits (depuis les journaux intimes des principaux protagonistes jusqu'aux documents confidentiels récemment déclassifiés), Erik Larson redonne ses lettres de noblesse à la politique en nous faisant vivre une année exceptionnelle aux côtés de Churchill. Que ce soit au 10 Downing Street ou à son domicile privé, cet homme aux ressources inépuisables, toujours surprenant, fera preuve d'un leadership hors du commun qui permettra à tout un pays et à une famille de rester unis.
    Aussi palpitant et addictif qu'une série,
    La Splendeur et l'Infamie s'est classé numéro un des ventes dès sa sortie en Angleterre et aux États-Unis. Il a été élu meilleur livre de l'année par le Washington Post et Barack Obama l'a désigné parmi ses livres préférés de l'année.
    " Le genre de page-turner que l'on voudrait trouver plus souvent parmi les livres d'Histoire. Larson réussit véritablement à donner au lecteur l'impression "d'y être, de vivre aux côtés de Churchill. " Bill Gates.À propos d'Erik Larson : " Larson raconte comme on filme : au plus près des événements, des acteurs et des témoins. Hautement recommandable. " Jean-Christophe Buisson, Le FigaroPour consulter les sources de l'auteur, rendez-vous
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    Rentrée littéraire 2021.

  • Sombre, mystérieux, glauque et délicieusement teintée d'un humour très noir, Spawn est le comics à lire absolument. À New York, les inspecteurs Sam et Twitch exposent au grand jour les dossiers liant le chef Banks au serial killer Billy Kincaid et à Jason Wynn, l'ancien patron d'Al Simmons. Persuadé que Spawn/Al Simmons se cache derrière ces révélations, Wynn prépare sa vengeance...

  • #1 New York Times BestsellerFrom thebestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, 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 surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic ';Greyhounds'the fastest liner then in serviceand 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.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 smallhubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and moreall converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.From the Hardcover edition.

  • This book provides a snapshot of the state of the art of the rapidly evolving field of integration of geometric data in finite element computations. The contributions to this volume, based on research presented at the UCL workshop on the topic in January 2016, include three review papers on core topics such as fictitious domain methods for elasticity, trace finite element methods for partial differential equations defined on surfaces, and Nitsche's method for contact problems. Five chapters present original research articles on related theoretical topics, including Lagrange multiplier methods, interface problems, bulk-surface coupling, and approximation of partial differential equations on moving domains. Finally, two chapters discuss advanced applications such as crack propagation or flow in fractured poroelastic media. This is the first volume that provides a comprehensive overview of the field of unfitted finite element methods, including recent techniques such as cutFEM, traceFEM, ghost penalty, and augmented Lagrangian techniques. It is aimed at researchers in applied mathematics, scientific computing or computational engineering.

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