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Devil in the White City

November 28th, 2011 by pixelmixer

I recently finished a book that’s been on my to-read list for a while– “Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America”

I read this book because this is the type of book I’d like to write one day– completely based on historical research with a novel-like writing style.

Erik Larson creates an interesting mix of history and mystery in this non-fiction tale about the World’s Fair in Chicago. I enjoyed his juxtaposition of the excitement and happiness surrounding the fair with the dark and grim details of a psychopath serial killer.

While the architectural details bored me at times, the story of the murderer always re-invigorated my interest. This technique made it almost impossible to put the book down at times.

As a journalist, I appreciate the amount of time and research that went into this book. If I become a book author at some point, I hope my book is like this one in the respect that it is a story that could be the basis of a fiction novel, but it is based on a true story that wouldn’t be as good if it were imagined.

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