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The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson – Superbly Readable

August 15, 2011
The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

True Crime, Chicago Worlds Fair

Superbly Readable
Erik Larson (Isaacs Storm) brilliantly weaves the story of the designing and building of Chicagos Worlds Fair of 1893 with the madness of a seemingly charming physician who, in essence, was one of Americas first serial killers.

While the great Chicago architect Daniel Burnham was designing and building the fair (popularly known as the White City–so called because of its tens of thousands of new-fangled electric light bulbs), the doctor was carrying out his horrific deeds in a house right at the edge of the World Exposition.

It has the suspense of a page-turning thriller and the you-are-there heart beat of the best historical re-creation. It brings us as close to attending this great Worlds Fair as we are likely to get. The story feels like the novelized non-fiction of E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime) meeting Sweeney Todd.

The reader comes to the conclusion that as America grew in population–especially in a thriving metropolis such as Chicago–it was also beginning to allow a nefarious killer like H.H. Holmes to achieve anonymity and, thus, hide in plain sight.

Cinematic in its vivid and detailed panorama, its one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read….I highly recommend this book. —Hoyt Harris, KATC-TV

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The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

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