The Devil in The White City , written by Erik Larson. As we had finished the book we had learned about two men. One who is the architect behind the world’s fair. Then, the other man who is a serial killer who actually uses the fair to get his victims. This book gives us great insight of what had happened back in 1893, when the world fair was being created. I believe the statement is true, where it states that each partner possessed a gift that the other partner needed in order to complete the job. Throughout making the world’s fair there were two main architects, John Root and Daniel Burnham. They were partners. “Burnham was said to be the business genius of his film, Root the artist.” (53). This quote shows how Larson gave each of the partners a specific talent, that at the same time, complemented each other. When Root had died it almost seemed like Burnham was anger. “…Burnham paced. A fire burned in the hearth behind him and cast large shadows on the opposing wall. “I have worked,” Burnham said, “I have schemed and dreamed to make us the greatest architect in the world – I have made him see it and kept him at it – and now he dies – damn!-damn!-damn!”…” (107-108). Then on the next page we see here Burnham is almost about to give up. He realized that he was not anything without Root. But, he finds a way to keep going in the end. In conclusion, this basically just shows is an insight of what had happened during the construction process. Which was a lot of interesting stuff, so i’m glad Larson made it into a book ! It also shows us the struggles while going threw the process of the construction, especially after Root, his partner/friend for 18 years, dies and he is left all alone with this big project. Burnham had been the brains, but Root had been the artist. They both needed each other to build the World’s Fair. Burnham had to take on both roles of the artist and the architect.
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. Vintage, 2004.