In The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Larson takes on the city of Chicago and two men: one an architect and one a killer.
The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C.Burnham organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.
The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds, a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium.
We'll divide the book into roughly four parts and discuss them each weekend of June:
Getting startedAnd we'll party on the last weekend of the month at Essencia Island.
What we said about the book
Part I ~ Frozen Music
Part II ~ An Awful Fight
Part III ~ In the White City
Part IV ~ Cruelty Revealed