The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaeBook - 2010
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This was a great book. This book not only talks about H.H. Homes's life before and during the World Fair, but it also talks about the construction of the World Fair. It doesn't matter if you're into the architecture, or if you're into Holmes's "Murder Castle". This is a great book that gives an insight on many things having to do with the World Fair. There's something in this book for people of many different walks of life. If you're into old Chicago, great! H.H. Holmes? Great! The World Fair? Learn about it! Architecture? Learn about location and struggles found in architecture! This book is worth a read if you have the time.
Between majestic architecture and cold-blooded murder, the early 1890's were a defining period for the city of Chicago. The Colombian Exposition of 1893 (the World's Fair of 1893, so named to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's landing in America) proved that Chicago could put its elbows on the table of the world's greatest cities. It hugely impacted the course of American history through its influence on technology, architecture, and the popular conscience. This book weaves together the stories of Daniel Burnham, a prominent architect in charge of planning the Exposition, and Herman Webster Mudgett, better known to history as H.H.Holmes, America's first serial killer. Opening a hotel just down the Midway from the fair, Holmes was ensured of a constant flow of trusting young women. What his ill-fated guests did not realize was the presence of air-tight rooms with gas-jets, a greased body chute and the basement containing vats of acid and a crematorium. In the style of Truman Capote, this is a non-fiction novel, a gripping account of deeds of great and evil men alike, made all the more interesting because these events really happened.
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Great read, non stop reading.
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