The book has two tracks: the project management involved in creating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the parallel story of a murderer. The obstacles and problems encountered in planning, funding and building the world’s fair was somewhat interesting, however the hook that keeps you reading is the story of the killer. The titles is misleading. Murder and madness did not change America. The fair did.
I would call this book creative non-fiction, since the author has embellished the story by entering the heads of the characters and knowing things that he could not know unless he were there.
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