The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

 

Join the book club in discussing the May book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Here is what Goodreads.com has to say about it:

Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor.

Burnham's challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous "White City" around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair's incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World's Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims.

Read more reviews from amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-White-City-Madness/dp/0375725601/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

As always we will be in the Shoreline Haggen Foods in the dining section of the Market Street Cafe.

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  • kris

    unfortunately I am not able to join you all. But I would like it to be on the record that I did finish the book and I enjoyed it :)

    May 6, 2013

  • Frank Y.

    Good choice!

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting

    March 18, 2013

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