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Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson

Well the sections following Holmes are good. The initial sections following Burnham were good, but quickly got boring at least to me. I rather follow Holmes. The book feels a bit overstuffed at the moment. It's interesting to see what Holmes was up to in Chicago when Jack the Ripper was terrifying White Chapel at the same time.

 

“Holmes was charming and gracious, but something about him made Belknap uneasy. He could not have defined it. Indeed, for the next several decades alienists and their successors would find themselves hard-pressed to describe with any precision what it was about men like Holmes that could cause them to seem warm and ingratiating but also telegraph the vague sense that some important element of humanness was missing.” 

 

Very interesting that the first time psychopath was used was in the 1870s to describe this lack of humaness.