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

Just finished reading this - very interesting and detailed look at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the serial killer H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle”. The book even though it’s as a novelization is exhaustive in it’s research - alternating chapters between the World’s Fair and it’s creators and the Holmes crimes. 

The story of the fair is far more detailed than Holmes section and if your just looking for an accounting of the crimes you will be disappointed.  The book is quite compelling from an architectural standpoint alone with it’s cast of histories luminaries. While I wish the Holmes section could have been as elaborate, the lack of evidence and the authors desire to be as accurate as possible prohibited this.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and think it’s worth a look for history buffs and those interested in architecture.

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