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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Community Reviews back

by Erik Larson
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Portable Mistletoe
Portable Mistletoe rated it 4 months ago
While interesting, this book was just not very satisfying, in the end. If it was supposed to be a story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, then I would have wanted a lot more of the first person experiences of those who attended it and more of how it impacted daily life in the century that followed. ...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 5 months ago
If I had to rate the Henry H. Holmes sections I would give it 5 stars, the same for the Daniel Hudson Burnham sections. Together though, this is a solid four star book. I think trying to mesh Holmes and Burnham together doesn't really work in the end. Probably because we follow Holmes after the Fair...
Sailing in a Sea of Words
Sailing in a Sea of Words rated it 7 months ago
Book: The Devil in the White City Author: Erik Larson Genre: Non-Fiction/Historical/True Crime Summary: Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson's spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men - the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, strivi...
Dem rated it 2 years ago
Extremely well written and researched, unsettling, entertaining, educational and fascinating are all words that come to mind on finishing Eric Larson's book [b:The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America|21996|The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, ...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it 3 years ago
I really enjoyed this narrative nonfiction tale of Chicago's World Fair... but it wasn't what I was expecting. Given the title The Devil in the White City, I thought the book would focus much more on HH Holmes and his murderous castle. While that was certainly a prominent aspect of the book, it focu...
The Bent Bookworm
The Bent Bookworm rated it 3 years ago
Dear god, this book dragged on. Very well-written, well-researched...just overkill on all the machinations of the 1893 Chicago World Fair. I was expecting more about the serial killer than the Fair, and it was opposite. Through the first 3 parts the chapters (for the most part alternating between th...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it 3 years ago
Wow, this is an amazing retelling of major events in history. It's told in such a way that that facts really come to life. It's half the making of a monumental public attraction and half inside the life of a serial killer.
Lillelara rated it 3 years ago
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed reading this book and it did hold my interest all the way through. But if a person, who never has read a non-fiction book before in his entire life wants to try this genre out, would ask me, if this is the book he should read, I would say no. There are ot...
JLee22 rated it 3 years ago
I didn't love this book as much as the first novel I read by Larson. It seemed, somehow, full of shorter and choppier sentences, even though that's not truly the case given how long and explanatory some sections were. That was just the impression I came away with after reading a few chapters at a ti...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it 4 years ago
A wonderfully written and well-researched history of the Columbian Expo in Chicago. It simultaneously details the construction of the fair along with the evil exploits of a serial killer. I learned a lot about historic Chicago, which is where I was born and resided as a boy. I'll take with me the vi...
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