Day 03 – Best Book of the Year

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

I’ve just finished this book and I’ve probably going to make a proper review of this book soon-ish, but my reticence with non-fiction works has been effectively overturned by this book. It’s a fascinating mixture of true crime and history. I loved how Erik Larson used a singular event (the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair) to talk about various aspects of the Gilded Age. Society, architecture, public sanitation, and law enforcement, and one of the most disturbed serial killers since Jack the Ripper converged during one of the most ambitious endeavors of the 19th century. The prose itself is pretty utilitarian but it served the subject matter very well.

If you’re a history buff, or a fan of TV shows like Criminal Minds, you would definitely enjoy it.


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