The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson is about the lives of two very strikingly blue eyed men in the 1800’s one by the name of Daniel H. Burnham and the other by the name of Dr. H. H. Holmes, although they were both known to be very captivating men they lived very different lives. Burnham being an architect and Holmes, a doctor. As the chaos of 1800’s Chicago builds leading up to the 1893 World’s Fair these men find themselves on opposite sides of creation and destruction, Burnham being the creator of the the White City and Holmes, the Devil who plays within. The first few chapters focus mainly on Daniel Burnham, as a teen and young adult he was a slacker and couldn’t hold down a job. He was a talented young man none the less and once he got his act together he and a incredibly bright work partner would become some of the best architects of their time.