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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chicago Historical Novel

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

By: Erik Larson

Genre: nonfiction

Pages: 447

Published: 2003

Read: July

3 out of 5 stars

This was the second time I read this novel and I had a difficult time getting through it. However, it is truly a well-written novel and if you enjoy Chicago history and/or true murder stories this one is for you. Larson does a superb job at intertwining true crime, with the famous Chicago World Fair of 1893, the invention of the Ferris Wheel, and even a little romance. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of the other historical events that weren't necessarily at the fair or impacted by the fair, but around the same period.  He includes appearances by Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, and Susan B. Anthony and inventions of the time, such as Juicy Fruit gum, Pabst Blur Ribbon beer and even the dishwasher.  

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