I recently read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2002).
Once again, EL
has taken historical events and researched them to them extreme. In this work, he melds the conception and
eventual deployment of the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago with the concurrent
diabolical activity of one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers. Making non-fiction read like a novel, EL
details the political machinations, the professional egotism and gamesmanship,
the logistical challenges, and the monumental success related to the 1893
Chicago World’s Fair. And, amidst all of
the national and international hoopla, a nefarious physician was doing the work
of the Devil only blocks from the fair.
learned a LOT of stuff I didn’t know from reading this work. EL is an amazing author, digging deeper and
connecting more dots than any other I have read.