Devil in the White City

So far, I have ignored all your summer reading suggestions and headed down my own path. With my friend Mike 2/3 of the way through the Appalachian Trail, I picked up and nearly finished A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

But then I hit Chicago and had to begin reading, while there, The Devil in the White City. No doubt this one will trump all my other leisure reading for the summer. Part architectural and technological history, and part murder mystery, this one has it all. Has anyone else read it? Fascinating and freaky at the same time. Its subtitle is “Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America”. Wow!

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2 thoughts on “Devil in the White City

  1. The Domestic Intellectual

    Hi. I’m a friend of John and Xande’s in Chicago. Just had to say that I found this book fascinating and am looking forward to others by Larson. He has one on called Lethal Passage about guns in the US that looked interesting, but I am sure anything by him would be gripping.

  2. Randy Greenwald

    DI: Thanks for the recommendation. I finished the book late Monday night, and was gripped by the illustration that Holmes is of utter depravity. Chilling. What made reading the book fun during this, my first visit to Chicago, was wandering around (yes, clearly a tourist) and seeing the places where the events took place, even as I read.

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