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The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, Madness, and the Fair that Changed America
The Devil in the White City Murder Magic Madness and the Fair that Changed America
Author: Erik Larson
Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. 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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780739323595
ISBN-10: 0739323598
Publication Date: 5/3/2005
Edition: Abridged
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3.9 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: RH Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 38
I requested this book because I was intrigued by the fact that it had received 70+ essentially positive reviews! I don't think I have ever seen that before!
This was a good read. The information about the Fair was fascinating. I was glad to be spared the horrid details of the serial murders. The book was very well written, not sensationalistic and truly interesting.
I am re-listing so someone else can enoy.
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Helpful Score: 30
This is a great read. I had no idea the Chicago World's Fair had such a huge impact on the U.S. The crime story is amazing. Very interesting.
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Helpful Score: 24
History with suspense of a murder mystery. Larson ties events surrounding early 1890's Chicago World's Fair in to a non-fiction page turner. The story will remain with you long after book goes to a dusty corner of your bookshelf. Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 18
Erik Larson has been able to take historical events and mold a very readable non-fiction book. It looks into the events of the Chicago's World's Fair by telling the story of two masterminds. One a mastermind of architecture and the world's fair and another a mastermind of using charm and murder. Although I am usually interested in history books, I did enjoy as well as appreciate this book and in the end still can not believe the events in this book are real and factual at times and have to remind myself that this was not a novel.
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Helpful Score: 12
I thought the book seemed interesting,from the synopsis on the best sellers list - I like a good "true story". This book mixes history, with a few madmen moving in tandem through the book. Slow to get moving, but by the middle of the book - I had to know how it all ended and stayed up way too late to finish!
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reviewed The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, Madness, and the Fair that Changed America on + 7 more book reviews
This book jumps back and forth between two story lines that are happening at the same time and in the same place. I found it a bit confusing at times to keep up with the characters in both.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was an interesting historical novel. A little gruesome in places, but not overly so.
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I got this because I had a long drive and everyone recommended the book. It was very entertaining and well narrated. I haven't read the book so I'm not sure how much of it was abridged, it seemed complete to me.

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