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True crime

The Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

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At the turn of the 20th century, Chicago saw some of the most innovative minds—but not all were used for good.

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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Th...

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