Throwback Thursday: Book Edition; The Devil in the White City

This weeks Throwback Thursday will be a review of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I’m using it for my throwback because the whole book takes place in the 1890’s! 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson; 388 pages 


In 1890 the United States announced they would be hosting a World Fair. The only question was, which major city would have the honor of hosting? With New York, Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. all vying for the chance, the vote went to Congress. The honor was awarded to Chicago. Daniel Burnham and John Root were selected to lead construction. 

At the same time all this was occurring, a charming young doctor was moving to Chicago. He started by working in a local drugstore and eventually began building his own business. With the site of the World Fair being only blocks away, this young doctor designed the upper floors to act as a hotel, with a drugstore and restaurant diwnstairs. This man was know in Chicago as Dr. H.H. Holmes. He would later become one of the most notorious serial killers America would ever see. 

I thought this book was insanely interesting! The bits about the World Fair could be tedious to read at times because a lot of it was technical and about architecture to start. Once they got down to the fair it became even more interesting to read about! And the parts about H.H. Holmes were so cool to read about. It may seem weird, but I have a weird fascination with serial killers, reading about their stories, etc. and he is one of the most fascinating because he operated within Chicago for so long and no one that knew him suspected anything for the longest time. 

I definitely think this book is worth a read. It was interesting and educational. Plus, it was about two topics we don’t normally read stories about. 

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Next review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 

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