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The Devil in the White City is a wholly unforgettable true story with some utterly fascinating ties to New Hampshire

The Devil in the White City is a wholly unforgettable true story with some utterly fascinating ties to New Hampshire. The story takes place in the late nineteenth century, centered around the World’s Fair in Chicago, the White City as some would come to call it, where buildings soared into the sky after being made sturdy with cornerstones quarried from New Hampshire granite pits. The devil in this story is Dr. H.H. Holmes, born originally as Herman Webster Mudgett in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Larson pieces together the story of the World’s Fair and the serial killer who used it to his advantage through letters, court documents and newspaper articles, and creates a nonfiction that reads like fiction with the juxtaposition of Daniel H. Burnham, the fair’s main architect, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the fair’s notorious serial killer.

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