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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

the devil in the white city

A member of my work book club recently recommended one of her favorite books by Erik Larson: The Devil in the White City.  I had been looking for books to read to reach my 50 books goal, so I picked it up from the library.  

In Devil in the White City, Larson tells the story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the men who created the fair, and the serial killer who took advantage of the chaos in the city by quietly murdering dozens of people.  The book is historical non-fiction, but Larson writes so eloquently that the book feels like historical fiction.  There were so many times reading the book that I wished I could have seen the fair for myself and wished that the architects had had more time to make the fair building permanent structures.  I can only imagine how spectacular the fair must have been to all those travelling from small towns around the country to see the magnificent buildings and exhibits the fair had to offer.  

For a history nerd like me, this book was a perfect read.  I think history, architecture, or Chicago lovers would also enjoy reading this.  And I have a feeling that throwing murder into the mix also makes this book attractive to a much wider audience.

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