The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: This is really two books. One is the story of Daniel Burnham and the construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago world’s fair. The other is about serial killer H. H. Holmes. Other than time and place, the two stories have almost nothing in common, but this doesn’t distract from the book as a whole. This is nonfiction written like a novel, with vivid details and memorable characters. I was completely sucked in, perhaps all the more because I knew it was true. I never realized just how much modern popular culture stems from this fair. The story of Holmes was fascinating as well, to the point where I’m kind of surprised I’d never heard of him. Definitely recommended to anyone with an interest in this time period.
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