The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, is largely touted to be a gripping tale of the rise of America’s most notorious serial killer.
I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true. It’s much more interesting than that. The tale that Erik Larsen weaves about the utter transformation of Chicago and America’s try at hosting a world fair is weirdly suspenseful. In some ways, the two storylines at play in this book feel disconnected. In others, it does a great job showing what can be accomplished when a dedicated human being devotes all of their time and energy into something, be those things terrifying or awesome.
Today instead of writing, here’s my review of The Devil in the White City and what made this title rise above the sea of other true crime stories into something I consider a must-read for American history.