The Devil in the White City is a wonderful narrative history, showing us the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. While describing the incredible construction of the "White City" in glorious architectural detail, Erik Larson describes the activities of Dr. Holmes, a dubious doctor who uses the Fair as bait and cover for mass murder. My favorite part is the description of the sumptuous gardens and grounds of the Fair, designed and executed by Frederick Olmstead, best known for creating Central Park in New York City.
A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.