Emily Brown's Reviews > The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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May 20, 12

bookshelves: history, science

less about h.h. holmes, and more about the world's fair in 1894, this book is filled with interesting little facts (the author stated he used only facts to create his story, which may explain why the holmes part is a little lean). many new things came from the world's fair (thomas edison lost out on making direct current ubiquitous, for example); these tidbits were what i enjoyed the most. a lot of narrative is given to the creation of the buildings (and the ferris wheel!) and the complications involved. as for the story of holmes, it's almost a side note. if you're looking for blood and gore, it's not here. this book focuses more on how holmes deceived two wives and many other people. i would recommend this book for its story about the world's fair, which was much more fascinating than the serial killings we now have almost no information about.

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