Book Review: The Devil in the White City

If you have an interest in architecture, U.S. history, celebrity criminals, or Chicago, read this book.  I couldn’t put it down.  I’ve heard people complain about the immense level of general detail and boredom around overly-descriptive architectural details but I found neither in the book.  The discussion of architecture was relatively light and those complaints were unfounded in my opinion.  Multiple people told me they couldn’t get past the first 100 pages and I don’t understand why.

Truly, if you have an interest in U.S. history and particularly the history and architecture of Chicago, you’ll love the book.  I’ll now need to make a pilgrimage to Chicago to visit Jackson Park, the Midway Promenade, and Washington Park as well as the numerous avenues and neighborhoods mentioned throughout.  Bonus: the country’s finest institution of higher learning is right there in Hyde Park.  Speaking of which, I did attend the Booth Economic Conference earlier this year and the panel of three was great.  I appreciated the following quotes from two of the individuals:

Finance guys

Austan was hilarious and is often recognized for his well-informed and comical takes on all things economics.

And finally, here’s an amazing article title:

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