1. In what ways is this nonfiction book like a novel? Is it more satisfying to read fiction or nonfiction?
I think the author set out to tell a story, it just so happens that the story is about real events. I read a lot of both fiction and non-fiction. I usually prefer fiction because it is usually written for the enjoyment of reading as opposed to most non which is usually written to bear facts. But I have been pleasantly surprised on the occasion when the facts actually tell a story. These are almost never textbooks…Lol
2. What have you found out so far about Chicago, the Fair, and the two men: Burnham and Holmes?
Burnham was very industrious, and thinking well ahead of his time. But I don’t think he would have really made such a large impact on architecture with out Root. It took both the creative and structured minds to accomplish what they did.
What makes men evil? Holmes was gifted with about the same genius and creativity as Burnham but was truly a sick individual. I don’t know if there was a turning point the led to his psychopathic behavior, signs that were missed. We are only recently learning the early warnings of cereal killers such as cruelty to animals and what not and even then it is still over looked until it is too late and those that did see it reflect back and say they excused it because they thought they were just being children…
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood" Daniel H. Burnham, Director of Works, Columbian Exposition, 1893