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Review: The Devil in the White City

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub

If someone had told me that I would spend an entire Sunday, from morning to night, engrossed in a history of the creation of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, I would have...well, I would have doubted it. Architecture is not exactly my thing, nor are fairs, or Chicago for that matter. Yet THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, which concerns all of these elements and more, is so engrossing a tale that it is ... Read full review

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Great Book

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Erik Larsons' books are all "can't put down". A investigative reporter, the historical research is superb. Although a narrative he transports you back. The imagery, the characters, and his flow, he's a very, very, very
good writer. This has become my favorite genre.

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Excellent book! The author did a great job of taking historical facts and weaving them into a story that made you feel like you were there. Before reading this book, I did not know much about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, especially the pressure and immensity of the job of designing and building it in two years. As a Mechanical Engineer, it also impresses me that the Ferris Wheel was designed and built without the use of computers/calculators and today's heavy equipment. While the story about the serial killer was interesting, my background in engineering helped me enjoy the design and construction aspects of the fair even more. I don't see how it was possible to accomplish everything they did at that time. Of course, they didn't have the safety culture that we now have. I don't think modern society would tolerate the loss of so many lives during the fairs construction or operation. The Fair was the turning point for many things in America! 

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Loved it.

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Great read. Loved the way Larson brought the events of the country surrounding the fair into full circle to give the reader a full picture of the culture at the time. Definately a page turner. Sometimes a little long winded but not to bad. Many different names came up in the book and I found it hard to remember each persons by name and to remember what they contributed to the story. Which sometimes made it a little difficult to follow. Other than that very good.  

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A stunning, yet depressing, work of recreation and muted horror. Why, though, isn't there a photo section? The book badly needs one. Imagine - no photo of the Ferris Wheel, or the protagonists. Because they're not as dashing and/or driven as Erik Larson makes them seem?

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Histories Mysteries
This is the first book of his that I have read and I couldn't put it down. The historical facts are beautifully blended into an engrossing plot involving different characters
(actual victims, policemen & historical people of that time.) I'm definitely getting more of his books! 

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Excellent

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