This book is an incredible account of two men - one a brilliant architect, the other a serial killer - and the historical event that tied their fates, The Chicago World's Fair of 1893.
This book reads almost like fiction, but it's not. It tells the story of Daniel Burnham, the chief architect of the Fair and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the serial killer that used the Fair as a means to his evil ends.
I knew absolutely nothing about the World's Fair of 1893, and Devil in the White City brought this time in America's history - and specifically Chicago's history - into vivid focus. The book is totally engrossing. Once you pick it up, you'll not want to put it down.
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