Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Book: Devil in the White City

I just finished reading an incredibly compelling book titled "Devil in the White City." It's non-fiction, and the subject is the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. There is an unbelievable amount of historical detail, and the writing is absolutely tremendous.

The book primarily focuses on two men: Daniel Burnham, who was lead architect of the World's Fair and eventually assumed full control of the project, and a man named Herman Mudgett (better known by his last-name alias 'Holmes'), who would turn out to be America's most notorious serial killer of that era. The course of both men's lives were irrevocably altered by the World's Fair, and the story makes for gripping, excellent reading.

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