"I read The Devil in the White City, too...."
I have that book and MUST read it -- I bought it long ago when we Freepers were ordering books from Amazon to knock someone off Amazon's #1 spot (can't remember who -- maybe Hilly or Billy) by ordering titles in Amazon's #2-5 positions.
I read it quite a long time ago, too, back when it first came out. I picked it up mostly cause I am a crime buff and the Chicago history. I thought the fair parts would be kind of dull. I was so wrong! The parts about the planning of the fair were better then the crime story, I thought.
After I read it I bought off ebay a CD of photos from the fair. The scale is amazing. Things were just huge. When my grandma passed away years ago we found a picture of her mother on a pinback and "1893" is stamped into the back and the theory has always been that it was taken at the fair. So while I was reading that book and looking at the photos I was trying to imagine what it must have looked like through her teenage new-to-America eyes. It really had to be awe inspiring.
posted on 06/17/2005 1:49:41 PM PDT
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