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

by Erik Larson | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0375725601 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lilbit_aj of Alexandria, Virginia USA on 12/3/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by lilbit_aj from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, December 03, 2011
From the book's cover: "Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men–the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

As the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted and his firms designed the American landscape at the turn of the 19th century. Olmsted’s most notable projects are the U.S. Capitol grounds, Central Park, the Buffalo and Boston park systems and the 1893 World’s Fair."
Update after reading: THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY represents an exceptional true tale about an intersection in time. The World's Fair of 1893 (Chicago), in some regards, marks the divide between agricultural America and manufacturing America, set into motion when Paris awed the world with its 1889 World Fair and one of the world's most iconic structures (to this day). It also represents the divide between the "safe" America and the America in which serial killers roam. Interspersed throughout this novel are interesting facts, shocking truths, and the tale of two men hiding secrets while practicing at the pinnacle of their professions.

Journal Entry 2 by lilbit_aj at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Journal Entry 3 by beautyredefined at Arlington, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 28, 2012
I was intrigued by the first line of this book, and I unwrapped it to hear praise for the book from around the table. It sounds really interesting!

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