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Publisher's Summary

The Devil in the White City is a book by Erik Larson that takes a close look at the World's Columbian Exposition, the world fair that Chicago hosted in 1893 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America. The fair was tainted by deaths, a serial killer, and an assassination. The lead architect, Daniel Burnham, and the serial killer, Henry Howard Holmes, play pivotal roles in the events that unfolded before, during, and after the fair.

In the late 19th century, Chicago was a raw city, growing fast, but it was horribly polluted. Fourteen million animals went to their deaths each year in the stockyards. Garbage and manure piled up, and typhus, cholera, and other diseases raged. Train and carriage accidents killed several people daily. Fires were even more deadly. The city tallied 800 murders in just the first half of one year....

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  • Gary Quinn
  • 06-29-20

its not the book!!!!

thought id bought a book
not this cant beleive i wasted a credit wtf. wow

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  • Ed Boyle
  • 01-15-22

Not the book!!!!

This is not the book, don’t make the mistake I made. Cost me the same as the book.

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  • B. Brien
  • 12-27-21

Not the book

Bad form. This is not the book, it's the author doing a short review of his own book.

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  • Emma Stretton
  • 04-11-21

Very unclear that this is not the full book!

It’s very unclear that this is not the full book! Wasted a credit in this

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  • xxxxxx
  • 06-28-20

THIS IS A VERy SHORT SUMMARY

This is a 15 minute summary of the book.

The reference to ‘summary and analysis’ looks entirely like the author credits in much smaller text.

DO NOT BUY IT UNLESS YOU WANT TO SPOIL READING THE BOOK.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-11-17

Why is there only a summary?

Where's the full book? I'm yearning for more please! I'm super interested in the full book.

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