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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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Aug 07, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 19 to August 07, 2010

A clever, breezy popular history that masquerades as serious literature, Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City blends a competent discussion of the planning of the 1893 Columbian Exposition with a compelling examination of serial killer H. H. Holmes' methods and motivations. Constructed out of a handful of sources --ignore the author's self-aggrandizing postscript in which he claims to have spent years in the archives--this is the sort of well-rendered work that historians will tolerate and laypeople will devour.
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