Book Review: The Devil the the White City

22 Sep

My husband I are both literary nerds, him being an English teacher and me being, well, me.  On long road trips we like to read aloud or listen to audiobooks to pass the time.  About a month ago, we took a road trip to Indiana for a wedding and started The Devil in the White City but wern’t able to finish it.  Now, we’re in Iowa for a friend’s wedding and we finished it on the way here!  So, sitting at the hotel room desk, I’m writing to you on the book and how I liked it.

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

Today, the World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago might seem like ancient history.  Some of the things introduced at the fair are a part of our daily lives; right now I’m writing this next to an incondescent light bulb using alternating current.  For breakfast, my husband ate shredded wheat.  Both of these were first introduced at the Chicago Columbia Expedition.


4 Responses to “Book Review: The Devil the the White City”

  1. Amanda Bumgarner September 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

    What a great review! I read Devil in the White City in 2011 (I think). I felt similarly about it. I loved the history of the fair and Chicago. Being from Chicago, I thought that was fun to read about 🙂 It’s awesome you mention Unbroken, because that’s one of my favorite books! I read it the same year and loved it. I enjoy reading non fiction that reads like fiction.



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