Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City is truly a good read. It catches your attention and imagination. The book features multiple historical Chicago figures but focuses mainly on the architect/Urban Planner Daniel Burnham and the serial killer H.H. Holmes.
Their lives has been intertwined with the creation and celebration of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. There were a lot of innovation and creativity that abound during this period. And it was apparent during the years that the Exposition was being planned and prepared. It was also an opportunity for more sinister plots to emerge.
It would have been better if there were more photographs included. There wasn't even a picture of Daniel Burnham! It's unfortunate that after spending millions of dollars and countless hours and lives, the White City was abandoned and provided arsonists enough materials for burning.
Daniel Burnham also provided the architectural layouts for the Cities of Manila and Baguio during the early years of the 20th Century. There's even a park in Baguio City named after him ---Burnham Park. It's famous for it's lake where people can rent a rowboat. Talk about single mindedness.
This is also an easy read considering that the cast of characters and the events of the book have lived more than a hundred years ago.
A movie is currently under production. Direction and Production by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo Di Caprio playing one of the main parts.