The Devil In The White City

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  1. gtrfinder

    gtrfinder Supporting Member

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    Just finished reading this. I realize I'm late to the party, but I have to say that this is an excellent book!

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    A must for anyone interested in the history of Chicago, turn of the 20th century, true crime, or just great nonfiction.
    Extremely well researched too. I enjoyed reading the references and citations almost as much as the book itself.
     
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    I liked it too. Heard there's a movie being made.
     
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    I enjoyed the book too, though I really liked the fair stuff more than the other stuff.

    Peace,
     
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    LDS22 grapes Silver Supporting Member

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    really enjoyed it too. had no idea about any of that stuff growing up west of the midwest
     
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    Funny, I felt the same way.
     
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    Wolfboy1 Grandpa but...Not Yet Old! Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm on the bandwagon too. Very interesting book, although in all fairness my wife thought it dragged. She read it more for the serial killer aspect while I just enjoyed the whole ride.
     
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    I liked it a lot.
     
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    Wrmbrnr Gold Supporting Member

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    If your wife wants a book that drags, she should read Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts." AS good as Devil in the White City was, this book dragged and dragged....
     
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    From everything I have read and heard about Holmes doing some deeper investigation, he was certainly much less prolific of a serial killer than he is historically made out to be.

    I would be willing to bet (haven't finished the book) that it is not as non-fiction as you may think.
     
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    The landscape architect must have keep tedious records...those sections definitely dragged...

    Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the movie version...

    If you like this one, Dead Wake is worth reading too...
     
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    martyncrew Gold Supporting Member

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    Agreed - excellent book that really captures how the US struggled to understand the Nazi takeover of Germany
     
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    Then you need to go immediately to your local book seller and buy one of Larson's other books, 'In the Garden of Beasts'! Even better than 'Devil', it's not only among the best non-fiction books I've read, it's among the best books I've ever read, period! Non-fiction that reads like fiction, I was actually bummed that it had to end.
     
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    Erik Larson is outstanding!!! I just started his book about the sinking of Lusitania. I've read all of his others, all equally as enjoyable.

    If you like this type of narrative non-fiction (my favorite genre), I can't recommend the following book enough.

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    The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer

    Skip Hollandsworth

     
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    Just finished this. It dragged to me as well, it took me a long time to finish it. I appreciate the level of research that the author undertook and how he interwove the various stories of the historical figures, but it ultimately felt disjointed. I thought it was going to be a book about a serial killer. It was, but that's not all it was about.
     
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    I liked Devil and the White City, but thought it would have been better if he didn't give so many teasers of what would happen later in the book. It could make a great movie, esp. with Leonardo.
     

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