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The Devil in the White City

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The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the most spectacular the world has ever seen. This is the incredible story ... Show synopsis

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  • wonderful history of the fair Jan 19, 2012
    by weneedrain

    the epilogue is most interesting as it follows up with the persons who built the fairl Look up World Fairs List and you will see the impact that the succeeding fairs have had.Very well written. There is a photographic book that is separate and it would be good to have that book as you read this one.Lots to think about

  • An Amazing Experience Dec 30, 2009
    by Sav123

    It's ironic that I can't find the words to fully describe how amazing this book is. It's a tour de force of literature.

    It carefully weaves the story of the 1983 World's Fair (where pretty much everything ever and everyone ever came together in Chicago) and the diabolical HH Holmes.

    I expected the story of HH Holmes to be wildly more interesting than building some dumb fair. I was so wrong. These historical figures come to life in such a way that when you finish the last page, I hope you don't have any heart conditions and you're sitting down. This book is like a punch in the gut.

    HH Holmes is the most believable, well rounded villain I've ever encountered. You're almost suckered in by his charm, even after you know his secrets. The fair quickly becomes your own labor of love. You watch as this Americans try to compete with the Eiffel tower - and what they come up with was shocking.

    This book is fantastic. If you're still thinking to yourself "well, maybe..." no. Buy it. If you're looking for a gift for anyone, buy it. Trust me.

  • Fascinating Historical Storytelling Apr 12, 2009
    by cjr3503

    The story of how America's most prolific serial killer used the nations greatest engineering accomplishment to carry out his nefarious deeds.
    Murder, ambition, intrigue, and the indomitable American spirit juxtapose perfectly in this tale of both the good and evil within man.
    Every detail has been painstakingly researched and the narrative crafted with ever growing suspense and bewilderment.
    Nearly impossible to put down.

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