Burnham's The Devil In The White City

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The book The Devil in the White City describes the creation of the World's Columbian Exposition and its profits in two different perspectives. One in the perspective of Daniel Hudson Burnham, the director of the fair; while the other perspective focused on Henry H. Holmes, a cold blooded murderer that owned the hotel near the fairgrounds. To begin, the author explained the background of the characters, and the fight against large cities such as New York for the chance to hold the World's Columbian Exposition. With its rapid population growth and nearly impossible promises, Chicago took over this opportunity, putting Burnham and his partner Root in charge of creating this fair that was promised to become the greatest fair in history. This meant …show more content…
Nothing seemed to go right for Burnham, every event described in the book was a big struggle, and nothing happy would last long. From my point of view, it seemed like Burnham never had a peaceful day in his life since he accepted the challenge of building the World's Columbian Exposition. On the other hand, Holmes seemed like he could solve all every problem with his charm, and even when people got suspicious, they chose to let go of the matter. Due to this, Holmes killed many young ladies, and tricked many people which he had done in order to save his money. Every time I read a chapter on Holmes (in the middle towards the end), he will either kill a lady, or bring another one into the picture. The conclusion for all of Holmes actions were the same, which was for money, this made many chapters sound similar to each other. In addition to this, I feel like the author made this book extra tortures by highlighting the struggles of Burnham. Judging by Erik Larson's descriptions, it caught me by surprise when the fair was able to open on time, or even open at all. However, this book was very realistic, and it revealed the ugly truth about the different identities in this unjust