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In 1890 Chicago, against stiff opposition from other American cities, was selected to be the venue for the planned World Fair to mark the four hundredth centenary of Columbus landing on American soil. Choosing the city to host the fair was the easy part, now a committee had to be formed to where in Chicago the fair was to be built, select architects, decide styles, do extensive landscaping, an amazing amount of building, create something iconic that stun the world in the same way that Eiffel's Tower at the Paris exposition the year before had - and all in two years. Larson is one of thos
This was a neat book. I like how he intertwined the stories. I had no idea this World Fair had influenced so many things. The passages about Holmes though really frightened me like straight up gave me nightmares. It wasn't graphic super graphic it was just that those things really happened and that was just scary. Especially because everyone around him was so naive and he was in a perfect place where people weren't really paying enough attention to crime or though so little of the cops they didn't bother to report it. On the flip side the architecture stuff wasn't kind of dry to me un
I have read a number of Erik Larson books and enjoyed them all. He writes popular non-fiction books and reminds me the most of books by Simon Winchester and Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. He often finds a particular person and focuses on that person's story (In the Garden of the Beasts focused on the life of the wild daughter of the last American ambassador to Germany before WWII, based on her diary; Isaac's Storm focused on the meteorologist who failed to anticipate the huge hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900). Usually it works; sometimes it feels forced, but still fun to r