The Devil in the White City is a first-rate narrative history book and one of the best books I have read in any genre. The story of the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 is fascinating in that the fair tied together the past and the future in the areas of business, politics, architecture, science and American culture. Larson tells the story in an entertaining way and packs it with interesting bits of information about not only the process of creating the fair but also the effect it had on American society. What brings the book to a higher level and makes it unique is the way the story of the serial killer H.H. Holmes is brilliantly interwoven into the story of the World's Fair. This adds fuel to the suspense that drives the story and adds another dimension to the book's portrayal of life in Chicago at the time. The concept is ingenious and the book is superbly executed. Highly recommended for anyone, and essential for those with an interest in American history.