I’ve been meaning to read this for years, and it did not disappoint. Brilliant storytelling, extensive research, and a compelling story, this exceeded my high expectations. Larson succeeds in weaving together threads of multiple storylines while keeping the central narrative of the World’s Fair in primary perspective. This book encapsulates everything from architectural marvels to insights into the mind of a psychopath to a vision into late 19th century America. It also provided a pleasant surprise in showing the connections between this fair and its impact (sometimes direct, sometimes indirect) on the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walt Disney, and several others. This is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in architecture, Chicago history, and mystery/suspense novels.