Devil in the White City is an amazing piece of non-fiction. I don’t often read non-fiction and was worried that I would find the story boring. I was pleasantly intrigued from beginning to end.
Erik Larson is wonderful at weaving the tale of history in such a way as to make you feel like you’re reading a fictional story. The great feats that had to be overcome to build the fair alongside the horrendous tale of H.H. Holmes will keep you turning pages. It was great to read something and to learn at the same time. I never knew what it took for so many men great and small to see the fair to fruition. It would be amazing if fairs and festivals today saw as much drive and ingenuity.
Of course the main reason of why I picked up this book in the first place was to learn more about H.H. Holmes. Holmes was a wily man. Every move he made and death he orchestrated was so precise it boggles the mind. It is always interesting to read about people who take ideas and situations and turn them to their advantage. I would highly recommend Larson’s books to anyone who is looking to take a break from their usual reading. I look forward to reading more of his works in the future.
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