The Chicago World’s Fair, “The White City,”
Was A Magnet For People
“Devil in the White City,” written by Erik Larson, is a spine-tingling, true story of murders and deceit in the city of Chicago, Illinois in 1893. The city was hosting the World’s Fair (officially named World’s Columbian Expedition) and the buildings and displays built within it were totally lit by electric light, thus earning the name of “The White City.” The man responsible for this stunning vision was Daniel Hudson Burnham, an architect famous for his building designs all over America. Everyone was drawn to Chicago to see all the wonders of the exhibition, as it was well known they were fascinating and numerous. It was a “must see” for the population of the world.
Worldwide Visitors Streamed Into Chicago
Crowds from all over the world streamed in to see the magical wonders of the World’s Fair displays. But one man had a different view of the White City; he saw it as a hunting ground, an opportunity to find victims. His name was Herman Mudgett (aka H.H. Holmes) and he was to go into history books as one of the most intelligent, cold-blooded, proficient serial killers who ever lived.
This then, is the story of a big city outdoing itself to attract the world, the architect who fought to keep his vision alive in the face of opposition, and of the monster who used the magic attraction of a world’s fair as bait for his evil purposes.
A True Story Of Events Surrounding
The World’s Fair, 1893
A gripping tale of murder, mayhem and eventual redemption in the teeming city of Chicago. The book is fascinating, and I read it twice, something I rarely ever do. If you like history, mystery and murder all rolled up in a beautiful setting like “The White City,” the Chicago World’s Fair, this is a book that you won’t want to put down until you’re finished. And then, like me, you’ll probably read it over again. Author Erik Larson’s research into this era and the events that transpired is thorough and detailed. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into that time and place.