The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
The first is the story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and this story alone is worth the price of the book. Mr. Larson's exhaustive research captures the time so well. You'll smell the Cracker Jacks! I had no idea how much of modern America sprang from the Chicago World's Fair until I read this book. Wait until you get to the part about Ferris and his wheel. Great stuff. The second true story in the book is about a charming serial killer who uses the fair to lure his female victims to their deaths. In this book we have the very best, and the very worst, that humanity has to offer, and all in the same place, and at the same time. It reads like a mystery novel, but it all happened. You won't be able to put this one down.