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I'd recommend Erik Larson's Devil in the White City for its perspective on Daniel Burnham, the Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the effect the fair had on Chicago and urban development in the early part of the 1900's. Plus, the interwoven story of a serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims makes this a great page-turner.