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⚣ The Devil in the White City é Author Erik Larson Imbues The Incredible Events Surrounding The 1893 Chicago World S Fair With Such Drama That Readers May Find Themselves Checking The Book S Categorization To Be Sure That The Devil In The White City Is Not, In Fact, A Highly Imaginative Novel Larson Tells The Stories Of Two Men Daniel H Burnham, The Architect Responsible For The Fair S Construction, And H.H Holmes, A Serial Killer Masquerading As A Charming Doctor Burnham S Challenge Was Immense In A Short Period Of Time, He Was Forced To Overcome The Death Of His Partner And Numerous Other Obstacles To Construct The Famous White City Around Which The Fair Was Built His Efforts To Complete The Project, And The Fair S Incredible Success, Are Skillfully Related Along With Entertaining Appearances By Such Notables As Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B Anthony, And Thomas Edison The Activities Of The Sinister Dr Holmes, Who Is Believed To Be Responsible For Scores Of Murders Around The Time Of The Fair, Are Equally Remarkable He Devised And Erected The World S Fair Hotel, Complete With Crematorium And Gas Chamber, Near The Fairgrounds And Used The Event As Well As His Own Charismatic Personality To Lure Victims Combining The Stories Of An Architect And A Killer In One Book, Mostly In Alternating Chapters, Seems Like An Odd Choice But It Works The Magical Appeal And Horrifying Dark Side Of 19th Century Chicago Are Both Revealed Through Larson S Skillful Writing John Moe I was genuinely excited to get back into this story every time I picked it up At times, this jumble of factual events felt like a tale I would contrive while wandering aimlessly around Wikipedia even though Erik Larson says he did not get information from the internet because, apparently all, data found on the internet is questionable Most of the dramatic facts this book will tell you show up near the top of the internet, and many are proclaimed at a bars when someone lets everyone know wher I was genuinely excited to get back into this story every time I picked it up At times, this jumble of factual events felt like a tale I would contrive while wandering aimlessly around Wikipedia even though Erik Larson says he did not get information from the internet b This book is two, two, two books in one Sorry, that was annoying But it s almost as if Erik Larson wrote two really short books one about the 1893 World s Columbian Exposition and another about the murder spree of Dr H H Holmes and then shoved them together to create a single story The result isn t bad, and I think Larson is successful at maintaining clean seams between the two narratives, but it s hard to argue these two occurrences are anything but abstractedly related Yes, Holmes lived This book is two, two, two books in one Sorry, that was annoying But it s almost as if Erik Poor Erik Larson.He wanted to write an extensive, in depth look at the 1893 World s Fair, which was a collaboration of some of the greatest creative minds in the country including the guy who designed the Flatiron building in New York and Walt Disney s dad and gave us, among other things, the Ferris Wheel, the zipper, shredded wheat, and Columbus Day The entire venture was almost a disaster, with delays, petty fighting, bad weather, anddelays, but it was ultimately a massive success and Poor Erik Larson.He wanted to write an extensive, in depth look at the 1893 World s Fair, which was a collaboration of some of the greatest creative minds in the country including the guy who designed the Flatiron building in New York and Walt Disney s dad and gave us, among other things, the Ferris Wheel, the zipper, shredded wheat, and Columbus Day The entire venture was almost a disaster, with delays, petty fighting, bad weather, anddelays, but it was ultimately a massive success and helped make the city of Chicago what it is today Here s what it must have looked like when Larson pitched his idea for the book Larson And the fair didn t go flawlessly towards the end of the fair, the mayor of Chicago was assassinated by a crazy guy, and there were Humour me and please allow the channeling an eighth grader for just a moment OMG Squeee 1 Teh best Would an eighth grader say teh best And now we return you to our regularly scheduled review.I m not a huge fan of non fiction Scratch that I m a huge fan of non fiction, but not so huge a fan of reading non fiction While I appreciate learning and broadening my understanding of the world around and as it once was, I find myself pretty quickly distracted fr